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Leaked CSGO source code could lead to more hacks & cheats

Published: 22/Apr/2020 20:26 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 12:53

by Alan Bernal


Exposure for leaked source code to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 has experts concerned that it could possibly lead to cheats, exploits, and a fastrack to Valve’s Source 2.

Though an outdated model, source code for Valve’s beloved FPS title has been getting shared online. This gives everyone from CSGO enthusiasts to malicious actors a way to “literally build the game,” according to ‘2Eggss,’ an ethical hacker and Steamworks developer.

To be clear, everything that hackers and exploit makers needed to make cheats in CSGO was already out in the wild, which is why services like the Valve anti-cheat (VAC) system exist to try to thwart any potential hacks that may come out of them.

A 2017-2018 source code for CSGO has been leaked.

While the source code has been dwelling around corners of the internet for some time, now it’s been made public.

The information getting shared online works as sort of a beacon for anyone interested in creating harmful exploits, since they now have fairly recent and complete builds for two of Steam’s most popular titles.

That might not be entirely exciting for those with prior knowledge of the situation, but people are already coming across things like a remote code execution (RCE) exploit for Team Fortress 2 that could potentially let someone make use of a player’s computer that is logged into the game.

“Do not play Team Fortress right now,” 2Eggss explained. “There’s some RCE exploits in the engine that could allow malicious code to run right now.”

In less than a day of these leaks being made public, TF2 players are being advised by people like 2Eggss to refrain from opening their game, in case anyone is looking to gain remote access.

CSGO historian and President of competitive club Dogmination, Nors3, said that Valve will almost certainly address the leaks in the coming days for what they could mean for the FPS title and developers of other games.


“CSGO code to make cheats was already very public in many repositories,” he said. “This leak just gives more advertising to it. It means more to Valve as a whole. It involves a lot of people and projects, it’s a bad leak for them and gives to other devs an advantage.”

Devs for similar games such as Valorant and the like can take a peek at this 2018 source code to see inside mechanisms for one of the longest thriving esports titles in the world.

Nors3 expects the famously silent Valve developers, possibly Gabe Newell as well, to address the leak in the coming days.

The leaks gives people a straight shot to make copycat projects using builds for CSGO and TF2.

Others speculate that this leak could be a motivation for Valve to push out Source 2, the long-waited engine update for their titles.

“This [leak] is awful, and I wish that it didn’t happen,” user ‘Vadographer’ said. “However, this does open the door for both games to potentially be ported to Source 2.”

Valve has already been teasing refined features from the new engine like 2018’s Panorama UI update for CSGO.

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Valve, a company known for their closed doors, are expected to address the leaks that exposed their CSGO source code.

The source code leak would give eager eyes a look into the inner workings of Valve’s popular titles, a reality that the developers, who tend to like their privacy, would have a problem with.

“Expect a Valve statement about the Source code leak. It can take days tho, and Gaben for sure will step in,” Nors3 said. “New internal rules could appear, and someone could be fired and maybe sued.”

Update on April 22 4:54 P.M.:

Valve has responded to the reemergence of the leaked code by notifying players there is no “reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds.”

They advised their player base to stick to the official CSGO servers where they’ll have the “greatest security” while playing.


YNk steps down as FaZe Clan CSGO coach following NiKo’s exit

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:19

by Alan Bernal


Janko ‘YNk’ Paunović has stepped down as the head coach of FaZe Clan’s CSGO team following the transfer of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač to G2 Esports.

YNk cited issues within the team and wanted to step aside as FaZe will be looking to build up their lineup again, which still features highly-talented players even with the exit of their Bosnian star.

“For a while now the team has been struggling with some recurring issues in and out of the game which I’ve done my best to try and amend but unfortunately without much success,” YNk said. “I feel that the best way to move forward is for the team and myself to part ways and, with NiKo going to G2, give the players and the organization the opportunity to get a new coach and IGL who can work on taking the team forward.”

The former MiBR and FaZe coach also indicated that he’s going to break from coaching CSGO for the rest of 2020, and left the next year open-ended.

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YNk has stepped down from FaZe after joining in early 2019.

A player and broadcaster before his coaching career, YNk leaves the org in the same month his team beat OG Esports 3-0 in the EU Intel Extreme Masters New York Online grand finals. Last week, they placed 9th at the DreamHack Open Fall 2020.

YNk has been with the team since the beginning of 2019. While they managed to put good results together at various BLAST events and some online tourneys in 2020, FaZe struggled to put up consistent performances against top teams.

YNk is stepping aside in a pivotal moment for FaZe Clan’s roster. Longtime face of the org’s CSGO team, Niko, has moved on from FaZe, and the coach will stand down to let them make something out of the stars still on roster like Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard, Markus ‘Kjaerbye’ Kjærbye, and rising talent Helvijs ‘broky’ Saukants.

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YNk and NiKo both parted ways with FaZe Clan.

As more CSGO events and competitors continue to either migrate or revolve around EU, YNk could still have prospects in the competitive or broadcasting sides of the scene.

Once a team with superstar players in every role, FaZe is now on the market to fill up their roster to standard capacity, as the latest shakeups leave them without a fifth member and a head coach to take the reigns.