Nobody likes a cheater. In fact, Counter-Strike players are now finding themselves banned after being discovered cheating. Apparently this all started when the E-Sports Entertainment Association’s tools banned Simon “smn” Beck for cheating. Valve paid attention and then received details from the ESEA and used that to upgrade its own anti-cheat tools. So that resulted in multiple players being caught. Several of those are professional players.
It looks like the cheats being used offered aim assist, which helped with shots that were otherwise problematic and they may not have pulled off.
Some of the gamers caught were Gordon “SF” Giry and Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, according to Kotaku. Tovmassian and Giry were kicked off of their teams after it was revealed that both had used unspecified third-party tools.
Beck says that 30 to 40-percent of professional players are using these third-party tools, but of course we have no way to know if that is accurate. Beck reportedly released a list of other pro-level gamers who are using the cheats too, and if so that is a real jerk move. No one likes a cheater or a snitch.
Both the Epsilon and Titan teams that Giry and Tovmassian belonged to have been banned from competing in DreamHack Winter 2014, which starts on Thursday. If this sounds like a big time sports scandal, that’s because it is. It just happens to be in the video games arena.