- Valve rolls out new anti-cheating system, “Trusted Launch,” as a voluntary beta
- The system starts itself at the launch of the game to inspect the system for incompatible files
- Players may presently opt in and opt out of the additional anti-cheat system
In a bid to clamp down on cheaters, Valve is pioneering a new anti-cheat system similar to Valorant’s Vanguard.
CS:GO Developers Pilot “Trusted Launch” Anti-Cheat System
Valve has revealed a new anti-cheat system for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) called “Trusted Launch,” which is still in beta. In recent months, Valve has been pushing for the overall betterment of the game. Yet, one request has long seemed to fall on deaf ears. Cheaters have seemed to plague CS:GO unperturbed, and now that the game is free, this issue has been doubly highlighted.
Yet, Valve have not sat idly by, watching their game get ruined by cheats. The “Trusted Launch” solution will reinforce the existing Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system to further improve the existing protection against cheaters. Yet, Trusted Launch is not mandatory, at least not right now.
Developers have released an optional beta version to test and see if the additional layer of warding would have their intended effect. When a game has been around for as long as CS:GO, it’s hard to imagine you can fully counterweight cheating.
Yet, there have been some successes already. Some have suggested that Trusted Launch has been inspired by VALORANT’s anti-cheating system, Vanguard, which did ruffle some feathers due to the slightly intrusive nature of the software.
Beta update adds Trusted Launch https://t.co/YaxuWBcH6k
— HLTVorg (@HLTVorg) June 26, 2020
Trusted Launch will go with the same inspect-all approach, looking into the player’s system before it authorizes launch. Should something be awry, Trusted Launch wouldn’t let players to proceed to login and launching CS:GO.
A Few Issues to Address
However, this creates another problem, and specifically the danger of false positives. Some user systems may have some file stored on them that Trusted Launch could register as potential attempt to hack. Authorizing an exception would be counter-intuitive, as cheaters could just use this to play anyway.
Valve did caution, however, that even trusted third-party programs may come under fire if they interfere with the functionality of the shield system. Understandably, CS:GO’s new anti-cheat system is off to a rocky start to say the least.
Moreover, there is no information about how Trusted Launch would impact performance, which is another issue of concern to some. Meanwhile, Trusted Launch definitely doesn’t offer the same level of intrusion as does Vanguard, which is a plus for the community.
As things are, a trusted core of players may try to probe the new anti-cheat system and help Valve troubleshoot issues and then mandate that the community at large rolls the program. This will take some doing, though.