Valve stops hackers abusing CSGO’s Overwatch to ban innocent players

Published: 20/Aug/2020 7:21

by Andrew Amos


The Overwatch system in CS:GO gives players the control to manually review suspect cheaters in the game. However, hackers have been able to abuse the system to report, and convict, prominent players and streamers. Valve is putting a stop to it though.

Overwatch in CS:GO is a relatively successful system. It can catch cheaters VAC otherwise wouldn’t detect, and helps players manage their own community. However, it’s not without its problems.

From false positives, to potential human error, Overwatch can’t be perfect all the time. However, it’s been especially flawed as of late. A rise in “report botters” have only increased the odds of innocent players getting banned.

There was a way hackers could target specific Steam IDs to either avoid bans through the system, or take down players after mass-reporting them. The Overwatch system was being used against itself to take down legit players.

According to player reports, report botters were the reason popular personalities like Jacob ‘Pimp’ Winneche and Erik ‘fl0m’ Flom were handed 30-day bans. It got to the point where players were dodging lobbies with cheaters to avoid getting onto Overwatch.

“It’s so bad that if you get matched against cheaters you recognize, you’re not allowed to AFK or else you’ll get ‘report-botted’ by them for griefing and then get a 30+ day ban. This is how Pimp and fl0m got their 30 day griefing bans,” CS:GO personality Don Haci said on Twitter.

However, Valve are taking a stand. According to developer John McDonald, report botting is no more. Simply put, “RIP report botting.”

How Valve have cracked down on the practice is unclear. It’s likely they found the loophole that allowed hackers to access players’ Steam IDs, and cut it off.

Valve could also have taken extra potential measures, like banning said hackers who abused the system. The details will remain private though, as Valve looks to sure up their anti-cheat systems without letting the public know too much.

This notice should be enough to go off though. Prominent players shouldn’t be at risk of getting their accounts taken down by Overwatch, and the system should be fully functional again.


LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – Astralis fights back on Overpass

Published: 19/Jan/2021 14:38 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 17:58

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • EG edge out Astralis 16-14 on Inferno
  • Astralis control the game to win Overpass 16-8
  • Vertigo coming up next to decide the series

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Results and Schedule



Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis vs Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 vs Furia 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality vs Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi vs Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 TBD vs TBD 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
3rd Place Match TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Watch Now: Can Anyone Beat Astralis @ BLAST Global Finals?

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

With this competition featuring a total prize pool of $1 million, all 8 teams that have made it this far will be earning a nice chunk of cash, regardless of the outcomes.

That said, however, there will be an extraordinary amount of money awarded to the higher placers, including a massive $400,000 gap between the first and second-place teams.

Addtionally, BLAST announced the champions will receive exlusive TW Steel watches alongside their $600,000.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 TBD $15,000