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Richard Lewis Is Confident That There Isn’t a Cheating Problem in Professional CS:GO Despite the Recent Norwegian Scandal

Published: 3/Jul/2018 15:49 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Ross Deason

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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.

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Fake s1mple & Shroud scam streams take over CSGO on Twitch again

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:15 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 14:23

by Connor Bennett

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Troll streams have been taking over the CS:GO category on Twitch yet again, using Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek and Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev’s names to promote scam giveaways. 

Typically, the only times you’ll find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominating the Twitch viewership charts is when there’s a major tournament on the go, a former pro like Shroud makes a surprise return, or a celebrity like Neymar shows off their skills.

However, there are times when the game gets some incredible viewing numbers when trolls decide to take over the section and capitalize on its popularity. 

These trolls claim to be someone like Shroud, s1mple, or NiKo while running fake giveaways that put the Steam accounts of CS:GO fans in danger of being hacked. 

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Despite being a former CS:GO pro, Shroud is still used in these scams.

These fake streams pop up every few months, and have been called out by pros like s1mple in the past, however, neither the pros or Twitch have been able to completely stamp them out yet.

On October 25, with the ESL One New York CIS tournament attracting thousands of viewers, these trolls struck once again by using old VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, once again claiming that fans can win prizes by getting involved.

In fact, at one point, the two channels were in the top three watch channels of the day – amassing 22,000 and 17,500 viewers respectively – and sitting just behind the main Russian stream for ESL One New York CIS. 

Screenshot of Twitch showing the CSGO category with fake streams
Screenshot via Twitch
The fake channels have the names of CSGO pros, but have unusual graphics attached.

The two channels that cropped up intially, s1mple6282 and ShroudWRBE, have since been deleted, but other channels named s1mple1021 and ShroudRXND have taken their place.

At the time of writing, both channels have been running the same fake giveaways and graphics, as well as the same past VODs from both s1mple and Shroud, so it might hard to tell the difference to some viewers, but they’re not the real thing.