Why Cheaters Are One Of Biggest Issues In CS:GO
Cheats or cheat codes are codes that can be used to change the way a certain videogame works. In singleplayer games, such workarounds are mostly used to complete hard levels. Or they are applied to progress through the boring parts of the game quickly. However, when it comes to multiplayer games, for instance, CS:GO, such software tweaks can provide the player with a significant advantage over opponents. This includes competitive matches, meaning that cheaters can make you lose money if you unknowingly bet on a losing team that didn’t use cheats. So let’s take a closer look at what types of workarounds exist and how they affect betting on eSports. How one can recognize such “smart guys,” and what can be done about them?
Know your enemy: cheats and esports betting
Predominantly workarounds are applied in casual online matches when there’s nothing is at stake except your entertainment. However, throughout the course of esports history, some skilled gamers tried to use cheats at competitive tournaments to take advantage of betting sites. Say, a player from an underdog team is due to play a match versus the favorite of the competition. Obviously, betting odds are in favor of the stronger and better-known team. So that unfair player can bet a large sum of money on his team, and then use a workaround to become victorious.
The software workarounds that are often used are Bunnyhop, RadarHack, WallHack, Recoil Switch, ESP, no flash/no smoke and Aimbot, the scourge of all CS:GO servers. Let’s see what exactly these cheats do in detail:
- Wallhack – enables seeing through walls;
- RadarHack – allows seeing opponents on a radar;
- Recoil Switch – removes recoil;
- No Flash/No Smoke – removes the effects of corresponding grenades;
- ESP – lets you see what weapon the opponent is using;
- Bunnyhop – a script for better jumping;
- AimBot – enables automatic aiming for better shooting.
Cheating in Pro Scene and this is not good for CSGO betting
Cheating among professional players casts a shadow on competitive CS:GO and makes betting on esports might seem insecure. In 2018, at least three pros were banned through the Steam anti-cheat system called VAC. This is sad news for CS:GO fans and everyone who indulges in betting online. This means that other professional players may also use workarounds on a regular basis, they just haven’t been caught yet. Meanwhile, as many pros say, Valve invests way more time into the new skins instead of solving this problem.
Hovik «KQLY» Tovmassian was a player banned in 2018. As per his posts and interviews in social media, when he was given an option to purchase special software, his impression was that many top-ranked players had successfully made use of such an approach. It turned out he used an aiming workaround that was invisible for others. In other words, it seems that the only approach to spot somebody who is trying to cheat is to catch the person during the deployment and activation of the software. Pretty scary perspective, taking into account that in the future cheats will become even more advanced and discreet.
How to recognize a cheater and not lose real money
There are several distinctive types of behavior that can give out cheaters. If you’re into live betting, make sure to watch the matches you’re betting on. If you spot a cheater, be sure to let esports sites know about it. If the fact of cheating is confirmed, there’s a chance that your bet will be refunded.
First, it will be visible to WallHack users for whom the walls are transparent, so precise shooting without any meaningful explanation of where the enemy is located should be a red flag. Another popular workaround is Trigger, that automatically pulls the trigger as soon the enemy is in sight. Finally, the most popular workaround software is AimBot that makes aiming much easier. Usually, you can tell if someone is using AimBot by frequent jerking of weapon.