Qualifying has begun for Eleague Boston Major. And several of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have already been banned during games for alledgely using cheating software. The CS:GO qualifiers are being organised by a company called CEVO who have been attracting various complaints about cheating, tech issues and other administration problems. But given the huge prize funds attached to the CS:GO tournament, it’s still a shock when a Counter-Strike Qualifier bans cheaters – mid-match!
The trio caught up in the accurations so far are KerZe of Team Optimistic and Sodah of Planetten OG, who were banned in the middle of their games. And Ciocardau of Invicturs Aquilus, who was banned following a match against Team Dignitas. And obviously in the case of mid-game bans, they were caught live on Twitch streams.
The clip shows Sodah receving a ban shortly after a commentator mentioned that the player seemed to know where players were approaching from. Which suggests using a wall hack to see opposing players through the scenery.
And here is KerZe shooting an enemy through a wall.
The reaction of the commentators suggest that they might have been a bit surprised by wall shot.
And finally Ciocardau may have been using an aim-assist cheat, suggested by the following clip.
Organisers CEVO have said some of the match results have now been overturned, and the teams affected will have their qualifiers rescheduled. Invictus Aquilas has challenged the ban for Ciocardau, but it’s always hard to judge purely from video clips if a player might have been using software help for a long time or not.
Either way, it’s going to remain a challenge for eSports and FPS games to constantly evolve and stay ahead of the latest hacks and cheats. As we previously mentioned, PUBG is currently banning thousands of players from their public server every day. And with tournament prizes constantly growing, it’s always going to be tempting for players to try to shortcut their way to the top.