This has been an eventful week for the eSports community of Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Valve’s anti-cheat system, VAC, was recently updated to detect and ultimately ban players for a new aimbot hack that helped players aim better.
The first bunch of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players to be banned by VAC were Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, Simon “smn” Beck, and Gordon ” Sf” Giry. Many expect for more names to follow in the days and for now.
This hack was apparently naked to the eye and ran silently in the background, with only the player himself aware of the added advantage. Since the hack produced no additional pointers or crosshairs on screen, many, including professional players, are said to have used them while competing on LAN.
This makes you question the authenticity of all recent competitions where top teams competed, including those of the players who just got banned. Reddit and other forums are currently flying banners of many names they have suspected to be cheating all along.
Only time will tell if VAC ends up banning them as well.
The news comes as a big blow to the game’s competitive scene, since KQLY was himself one the best players around. All of the banned players have been also banned from the upcoming Dreamhack 2014, one of the biggest events in the scene.