Richard Lewis has released a video discussing the CS:GO cheating scandal that saw a handful of Norwegian players get exposed.
The scandal in question originally came to light when Christoffer ‘hEllberg’ Andersen exposed some of the players that had been on the Entelechy Gaming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster with him.
It was revealed that Saidonz, iNTERP, zealot, and Zame had used cheats in numerous online competitions, like the King of Nordic cups, and even at BYOC LAN events- using hardware cheats and other advanced methods of gaining an advantage.
Richard Lewis has now released a video on the subject where he states that methods like the ones the Norwegians used are not totally new. However, he does admit that some of it is more advanced than anything he has seen in the past.
Luckily, Lewis does not believe that such scandals are likely to be seen in the upper levels of professional CS:GO as the hardware components in tournament computers are strictly controlled by the organizers.
He also believes that it is much easier to get away with cheating at the lower levels of scene as players and teams are under much less scrutiny and surveillance. He closes by reassuring fans that there isn’t a cheating epidemic in pro CS and that people that do cheat will always be caught in the long run.
“Don’t worry too much about it guys, I don’t really think it’s gonna be a big problem out there. There is no wave of cheats at all levels - it’s just cheats are out there, people are gonna do it.
In the end, the moral of the story is: no matter how sophisticated your software, no matter how sophisticated your hardware, no matter how disciplined you are as a unit, you will get caught.”
CS:GO fans have been concerned about the possibility of professional players using cheats for many years and the infamous banning of Titan’s Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian in 2014 only served to fuel those fears.
There have been no scandals at the highest level since that time but some players, like Fnatic’s Robin "flusha" Rönnquist, have been the subjects of a great deal of suspicion.
It is reassuring to know that a long serving community member like Richard Lewis is confident in the belief that top tier CS:GO is still a level playing field where skill, strategy, and teamwork are the determining factors.
His full video on the subject can be found below.