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Richard Lewis reveals ‘game-breaking’ CSGO exploit that ignores smokes

Published: 27/Jul/2020 20:06

by Alan Bernal

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There is an exploit in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that lets players ignore smokes, which could pose as a massive vulnerability for the competitive state of the game, according to prominent esports journalist Richard Lewis.

Lewis caught wind of the glitch and found that it was incredibly simple to recreate in game; a worrying part of the exploit since it doesn’t trigger VAC – Valve anti-cheat – to flag anyone who takes advantage of the bug.

“It’s not only is it unbelievably easy to do, it’s unbelievably effective,” Lewis said. “As you can see from this footage, it completely removes smokes unless you are sat in the smokes.”

The clip he played showed someone in practice mode buying then throwing a smoke near their position, but when the utility popped, its normal plume of gas didn’t appear.

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An exploit lets CSGO players ignore the smokes that normally block out sight.

Instead, the sound queue and even the shockwave that naturally emanate from the grenade, go off without a hitch. But the element that is specifically meant to cut off sight lines isn’t appearing after the Smoke Grenade bursts.

Lewis said that he already passed off the exploit to the right people at Valve to take a look into a fix, while adding that he made the information public in hopes of getting the problem addressed much quicker.

To that effect, he didn’t explain how to recreate the exploit since it could lead to people adopting the bug as a strategy until it’s properly sorted by the devs.

“This is something that, I’m going to guess, a significant number of amateur players have figured out how to do just based on the mechanics of it,” he said. “It’s been in the game, by my estimation, the last three-four patches, probably longer.”

As any casual player or curious observer can tell, this bug leaves a major window of opportunity for someone to abuse in game without detection.

“If you’ve been playing the game and seen someone consistently hitting headshots through smokes but maybe not doing anything else weird,” Lewis said. “Well now you know about the existence of this and should probably put them into the report system.”

It’ll be interesting to see how quickly Valve approaches a fix for this exploit since it has the potential to disrupt everything from normal matchmaking to online esports environments.

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FACEIT offer $55k pot for collegiate Valorant, CSGO & League of Legends

Published: 29/Oct/2020 9:22

by Alan Bernal

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Esports platform FACEIT is putting together a host of leagues for collegiate North American teams to vie for a $55,000 pot across League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Valorant circuits.

The deadline for college players to sign up will be November 1, after which the TO will move ahead with a two-division system for CSGO & Valorant as well as regional qualifiers for League of Legends.

For the two tactical shooters, FACEIT will have a “Premier league, for top-tier competition, and Contenders league, for more casual competition.”

College players should note that the Premier and Contenders league will have a registration fee of $125 per team and $75 per team, respectively.

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FACEIT will give aspiring esports players a chance to compete for cash in Valorant, LoL, and CSGO.

CSGO & Valorant leagues

From the $55,000 pot, CSGO will get a $30,000 prize pool, $5,000 of which will supply the Contenders league winnings. Meanwhile, FACEIT is putting $10,000 up for grabs in Valorant.

Both Premier and Contenders will have a 10-week Swiss format regular season that will lead into a single elimination playoff in Spring 2021.

Matches start on November 5-10 with the regular season’s 10th match scheduled for February 18-23, so student teams will have months to plan, prepare, and play out the full season.

The playoffs are planned to take place in March through April in the new year, with the Championship following after.

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FACEIT will hold collegiate varsity events for Valorant and CSGO.

League of Legends

FACEIT will produce a three-phase LoL circuit that will eventually decide which team claims the biggest take of the $15,000 prize pool.

State-wide qualifiers, consisting of 16 teams each, are going to take place in the US and Canada. These will decide which teams make it into the Regional Stage. The top four teams that make it out of the Regionals will go on to the Finals for the biggest share of the $15,000 pot.

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The breakdown of target dates for FACEIT’s state-wide LoL events.

Every state qualifying tournament will require a $100 registration fee, 50% of which goes to the prize pool. FACEIT gave this example: “if the California tournament has 10 teams, there will be a $500 prize for that.”

To get more information on the collegiate leagues, head over to FACEIT’s hub to register your team.