An exploit is being reported by CS:GO players that can kick them from games remotely and can even result in cooldowns in matchmaking.
Bugs are nothing new to CS:GO players but this latest exploit is even causing some people to stay away from matchmaking all together.
According to CS:GO insider Don Haci, the bug has been popping up for a few days at the time of writing, but seems to be happening to more people as time goes on.
Someone tested it on me yesterday and it just shut down my CSGO client without me even doing anything, you don't get a pop up or something it just instantly closes your game and you have to restart CS again.— Haci (@DonHaci) August 20, 2019
"cl_invites_only_friends" can help but isn't a permanent fix.
The exploit seems to work in all game modes, including Danger Zone, Casual, Matchmaking and even during FACEIT matches, according to Jake Lucky of Esports Talk on YouTube.
The channel also posted video evidence of the glitch happening in a Danger Zone match that saw one player after the other dropped and disconnected.
We won't be explaining how the exploit works, but it doesn't seem that difficult to pull off - based on the clips that are circulating of it in action.
"@CS:GO, your game seems to be a bit broken after the new update," Finnish CSGO player Olli 'sLowi' Pitkänen said on Twitter. "The game suddenly freezes for like 1-5 guys on the server, they are unable to move and can't reconnect to the server for a while after the "crash."
It's not clear if the bug sLowi is refering to is the same one mentioned by Haci and on Esports Talk, but it does seem to be very similar and reoccurring.
hello mr. @CSGO your game seems to be a bit broken after the new update, the game suddenly freezes for like 1-5 guys on the server, they are unable to move and cant reconnect to the server for a while after the "crash"— Olli Pitkänen (@sLowiCSGO) August 20, 2019
has happened like 5 times in two days
Valve has yet to respond to the reports from players, but with such a game-breaking bug apparently running rampant, the hope is that a fix will be coming soon.
Esports Talk shared a potential fix for the exploit in their video as well, but warned that it was only a temporary fix.
"That command cl_invites_only_friends turn that to one instead of zero," Lucky said. "I must warn you though, this is not a permanent fix for this."
With such a major exploit being reported by this many people, it's probably in Valve's best interest to get a fix out as soon as possible.
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