Counter Strike Plagued by Chat Bot Invasion

One of the most popular first-person shooting video games for more than a decade now, Counter Strike franchise’s latest iteration — CS: GO (Global Offensive) — is facing an attack from chatbots which populate chat lobbies, including private ones, with text chats.

Source: Steam

These chatbots can not be kicked and Valve is working on a fix to avert this issue that has been harassing its players for the past few days.

The CS gaming community has previously faced issues like cheating and gambling.

“We’re aware of this issue and are working on a solution, although we don’t have an ETA yet. We have deployed a temporary solution to help mitigate the exploit. We will continue working on it throughout next week,” Valve stated.

Reportedly, one of the community members is behind this chatbot attack as s/he is grown tired of Valve’s ignorance towards players hacking and cheating in-game.

The person behind the chatbot attack aims to put bugs and issues with the game in the spotlight.

Earlier this month, Valve had come under fire from the Counter-Strike community for not being able to counter Spinbot-hacking technique — which allows a player to be practically invulnerable to attacks from others — in the game last year.

Last year, Valve was threatened with legal consequences by the Washington State’s Gambling Commission (USA) if they didn’t put an end to skin trading within the game, which is also ‘a large, unregulated black market for gambling. And that carries great risk for the players who remain wholly unprotected in an unregulated environment’.

Games such as Counter Strike are played by under aged kids as well as adults, but the implications of gambling on kids can be disastrous.

Counter Strike has been an ever growing franchise since the release of its first title in 2000 — widely known as Counter Strike 1.6 — after Valve bought rights for the game.

Valve has faced numerous issues related to cheating, spamming and hacking in-game which led them to develop the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) software, but some hacks have been able to evade the VAC secured servers too.

Until the person responsible for the chatbot attack doesn’t stop the spamming texts in lobbies across the game, the next several days are going to be extremely annoying to anyone playing CS: GO.

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