Here is the reddit post linked…
Seeing as how this post about KQLY being banned is currently on the front page, here’s a little background.
CS:GO is a tactical FPS game, with a large and storied competitive scene. This year we have 4 “major” tournaments with prize pools of $250,000 one of which is coming up in a few short weeks. [EDIT: Dreamhack winter actually starts next week, thanks /u/its_JustColin]
Recently, a player named smn admitted to hacking, as posted here: http://www.hltv.org/blog/8946-cheating-issues-what-to-do
This quote referred to a cheat that ran via the “steam cloud” and would be possible to use at any LAN event without detection. this player, smn, was included in a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) ban which hit hit today, along with a VERY prominent player in the pro scene (KQLY) while he was training with his team. The team are contacting Valve with regard to the ban. This calls into question everything KQLY and his team have accomplished while he was a member, and even things from previous teams
The list in the HLTV thread above has been said to be false, but because KQLY is on that list, the interest in other pros is very high at the moment as cheating is always a very large issue. You may recall the Gabe Newell himself came here to post about what VAC does and doesn’t do in order to try to catch cheaters. This HLTV admin makes some claims as to what is being done by the developers of these cheats.
Hopefully this gives you some background so you can understand the attention it’s getting. If I missed anything please include in a comment and I’ll update.
EDIT: Some new info via Rizla about the hacking scene.
EDIT2: Live reaction from SCREAM (another pro) who was streaming when this hit with interesting insights, including “He took my fucking place” [on team Titan].
MAJOR EDIT 7pmEST: SF Also VAC’d
EDIT3: Kioshima has cleaned out everything from his inventory that is tradable. All that remains are coins/trophies and missions which you can’t trade. Suspicious! (RE-EDIT: apparently he has been hacked/scammed out of his account)
EDIT4: LPKANE of ESEA has confirmed they worked with Valve
EDIT5: [DAY2] smn streamed and provided a bunch of followup info to his original leaks and accusations. (thanks /u/hellsing14) including:
- The list was from him, but he didn’t want to be associated with it.
- Hack was Aim assistance, and 95% of the listed players use it
- someone said the 8th and 12th shots were programmed to be headshots.
- 30-40% of the pro scene is hacking
EDIT 6: Statement from KQLY, and statement from Titan also Epsilon release sF in an official post.
I’m sure many of you have heard about this, just wondering what people from the community think and feel about this. As a person that has only played Counter Strike in a limited fashion, but follow competitive Dota (where a professional player FNG has been VAC banned, and the speculation is around CS:GO which is what brought my attention to this issue), I am still very interested in this and how this effects future competitive CS:GO and E-sports in general.
Here are some interesting links describing the madness (if you read the comments in these threads you’ll get a sense of the magnitude of discontent over there) over at Wildstar currently
TL:DR Apparently across the servers “top” guilds have seized control of 90% of the economy in some cases and bought every game time and worthwhile items and reposting for incredible profit. As a lot of the community requested server resets, the response from the devs were “Please don’t exploit, we’ll ban some ppl we promise”. Meanwhile I’ve gotten two emails describing how many awards Wildstar won and Buy Now its 33% off.