Trusted Mode Reportedly Increased CS:GO’s Cheating Rates
Valve’s efforts to combat cheating and toxicity in CS:GO remain in its experimental stages. And at this stage, players are quick and firm in voicing out their concerns and pointing out in-game issues.
On Valve’s recent update for Trusted Mode software, many CS:GO players claim that more cheaters entered the game and remain undetected. The initial launch had problems working with regular third-party apps not licensed by Valve. Now, the number of hackers and cheaters are reportedly rising, which is the complete opposite of what Valve had in mind when it launched Trusted Mode.
Popular and regular gamers voiced out their frustrations over Trusted Mode on different online platforms. Many detailed their experiences as a teammate and as an opponent while the Trusted Mode feature is enabled.
A viral post from user @vule25 on Reddit claimed that he encountered newer accounts on the game since the update: “Since the ‘Trusted’ launch update I have been experiencing much more cheaters in high Elo than before…People just overall have less badges and medals and newer accounts. This caused a lot of boosted players or players with bought accounts, and with them came the cheaters.”
On Twitter, user @XperiaFPS called out Valve to fix their game. The player caught both his team members and opponents cheating: “You guys really need to fix your game @CSGO. This is my first game this morning & had a full team cheating & a guy on my team start Spinning. Not to mention the team kill at the start & the guy on Palace having an anti-aim to flick me away from him.”
Since its official launch on July 8, Trusted Mode has had two separate updates to its system. Valve tried to improve the feature’s ability to interact with third-party systems and its matchmaking process. Although Valve is transparent with its progress for the anti-cheat system, many players believed that Trusted mode can’t offer the results they were hoping for.
Trusted Mode is now a default system in CS:GO. But players can continue to use alternative or third-party anti-cheat systems, such as features by the ESEA or FACEIT, to protect their accounts and combat cheating.