‘Counter-Strike 2’ will penalise gamers for associating with cheaters

‘Counter-Strike 2’ will penalise gamers for associating with cheaters

Valve has said that those that “affiliate” with Counter-Strike 2 cheaters shall be subjected to penalties too.

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“When a number of occasion members get convicted of dishonest and completely banned, all their associates shall be penalised with lack of Profile Rank and CS Score,” Valve stated within the Counter-Strike 2 release notes published on Wednesday (September 27) to Steam.

This was in and amongst bulletins about numerous modifications to the sequel together with the Coaching Day tutorial for brand spanking new gamers, correcting footstep sounds in sure areas, separation of informal and deathmatch maps into completely different teams, animated eyes on participant fashions, and chickens that can lastly fall off the Vertigo map.


The phrase “associates”, nevertheless, doesn’t supply a lot readability about what that may imply. It may very well be a participant that regularly and consciously groups up with somebody who’s confirmed to be dishonest with the intention to achieve a dishonest benefit in matches.

Counter-Strike 2. Credit: Valve.
‘Counter-Strike 2’ Credit score: Valve

If a participant occurs to be part of a crew that’s dishonest, though they had been unaware of that, it’s hoped that they’re not caught within the crossfire of the developer’s sanctions.

On the time of writing Valve has not added any clarification on what “associating” with a cheater constitutes. The predecessor Counter-Strike: International Offensive struggled with dishonest for years, with one occasion escalating to a full FBI investigation.

A “comparatively small however important group of gamers” had been accused of “organised match fixing in North American [Mountain Dew League]” for a “lengthy time period”, the Esports Integrity Fee stated in 2021.

There was additionally the alleged involvement of “outdoors betting syndicates” in these occasions, which was why a number of American authorities together with the FBI had been concerned in its case.


In different gaming information, Epic Video games has introduced {that a} third of its recreation improvement staff have been made redundant this week, with 830 roles misplaced in complete in a spherical of layoffs.


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