For professional CS:GO players, scrims are a chance to practice the game at a high level, but they’ve also turned into a way for opposing teams to use some underhanded practices.
On October 8th, Liquid’s Jonathan ‘EliGE’ Jablonowski took to Twitter to call out one such organization.
With CS:GO being such a technical, frame-perfect game, recording opponents POVs can give a team a significant advantage.
PSA for teams: Make sure you check status on console before scrims to make sure the other team isn’t recording your POVs without your consent :) Pretty shady to do and so annoying teams are still doing this shit
— Jonathan Jablonowski (@EliGE) October 8, 2018
When told to @ who he is talking about, EliGE obliges and calls out Rogue.
But it doesn’t seem like Rogue is the only organization who may be using this trick.
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Tarik, a player for Made in Brazil, responded to the tweet. He remembered a time an organization “had trouble connecting” to his team’s server only to find a screen-recording set up when they switched to the opposing team’s server.
Had an instance where the other team said their 5th couldn’t join our server, then once we played them again we realized their sever had GOTV. Super shady.
— tarik (@tarik) October 8, 2018
Tarik neglected to name the organization in question.
To discover if an opposing team is recording a scrim is actually pretty simple.
All it requires is turning on GOTV, the in-game viewing service, for the server being used to host the scrims.
The ease of use of GOTV, coupled with the solid advantage a team using the service receives, makes this a valid worry for professional CS:GO teams.
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Luckily, it is easy to identify teams using this trick, and calling out the organization in question - like EliGE - should stop major organizations from risking their reputation for a little bit of intel.