Valve Adds ‘Trusted Launch’ To CS:GO To Combat Cheating
Valve is vocal about its efforts in combating toxicity and cheating in CS:GO. Ever since CS:GO became a free-to-play multiplayer game, the number of cheaters attacking regular players has increased. Valve is on a continuous hunt for the best system that can reduce and hopefully eliminate cheaters completely.
This week, the developer released Trusted Launch, a new and improved security feature that players can activate to detect cheaters. The new feature followed the release of the new in-game chat profanity filter.
Trusted Launch is an optional feature, so players need to activate it manually if they want to use it and inform Valve of the changes. To test the feature prior to the official release, players can opt into the beta and activate Trusted Launch by following the instructions below:
- Open the Steam client and navigate to your LIBRARY.
- Right click on CS:GO and select ‘Properties’.
- Click on the BETAS tab.
- Select the beta you would like to opt into through the drop-down box.
- You will be prompted to restart your client. After restarting, launch CS:GO to play the game with its Beta changes.
When opting into a Beta depot, take note that Valve will require users to download updated files. The size of the file varies based on the updates and changes. Official Valve-matchmaking is not yet available in Beta depots.
How Does It Work?
Valve carefully crafted the system of Trusted Launch to protect regular and loyal players. As an optional and improved security feature, this will work together with the VAC anti-cheating system when activated.
VAC is equipped with general approaches in combating toxicity, cheating, and other unacceptable player behaviors. Trusted Launch, meanwhile, only focuses on the game itself. The feature tracks and processes files related to CS:GO only.
Players can turn the settings on and off freely. When activated, Trusted Launch can process the files behind the player’s system. Players won’t see the difference while playing. But if the feature finds a third-party program or file that’s incompatible with CS:GO and can be used for cheating, Valve will notify the player with a warning message.