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CSGO devs announce new plan to punish players abusing voice comms

Published: 7/Feb/2020 2:46

by Andrew Amos


Players who clog up in-game voice communications in CS:GO will now be punished under a new initiative by Valve, as the developers look to improve the experience of the 20-year old franchise for all.

In games Counter-Strike, communicating with teammates, especially in competitive matches, is a big key to success. However, some players go out of their way to abuse the voice system, which can make the game unenjoyable.

While players have been able to mute, report, and move on, Valve are taking actions to make sure chronic abusers of the system will receive proper punishment for clogging up comms and devaluing the valuable CSGO tool.

Valve is cracking down on voice chat abusers with a new system in place to mute offenders.

In a February 6 blog post, Valve mentioned that they are going to start tackling voice communication abusers more proactively, instead of players having to do all the work themselves.

“We’ve been working on a new system that will work more precisely [at targeting abusers],” they said. “When the new system is fully deployed, players will receive a warning if they receive significantly more abuse reports than other players.

“If they ignore that feedback and continue to receive abuse reports, they’ll receive a penalty: they’ll be muted by all other players by default.

“This ‘default mute’ state will remain until the player earns enough XP to remove the penalty, but other players can choose to manually unmute the user.”

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For the system to work, players must still use the in-game report function for abusive voice chat.

Instead of Valve policing the issue with their own guidelines, they want the community to “establish their own standards for communication and ensure that their fellow players receive anonymous feedback when they’re out of line.”

While the system still relies on user reports as a whole, there will now be a chain where abusers of the in-game voice function will be more harshly punished.

Valve haven’t announced any further penalties on the way for users who get muted multiple times, although there’s a chance that a more harsh permanent mute could be added for repeat offenders.

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Abusive text chat can get you banned in CS:GO. This new system might bring the same punishment to voice chat abusers too.

The new feedback system is currently live, with Valve urging players to “get into the habit” of reporting players in-game instead of just letting them get away with it.

So, in the future, you won’t have to even hear all those music bots and mic screamers in-game before they’re dealt with in your games, making for a more peaceful and enjoyable experience.


FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal


Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.