CSGO dev says trusted accounts see few cheaters, players disagree
A conversation between CSGO developer John McDonald and a twitter user revealed that Valve has stats that say trusted accounts very rarely see cheaters. But CSGO players don't seem to agree.
In a Twitter thread, McDonald quoted some statistics from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that said that highly-trusted accounts see a confirmed cheater in only one game out of every 40, meaning that those accounts face a cheater in matchmaking about 6% of the time. A user claming to have "good trust factor" disagreed, saying that he thought he faced cheaters in almost 20% of his games.
The statistic quoted by McDonald is both frustrating and incredible at the same time. On one hand, trusted accounts having a clean game 94% of the time is great given that CSGO has hovered around one million concurrent players for all of 2020. But from a player's point of view, hearing that statistic while still questioning whether the other team is cheating isn't as great.
How many cheaters are there in CSGO?
According to data from SteamID, anywhere between 500 to 1000 accounts are VAC banned each day, but that doesn't take into account which game the account received the ban for. While CSGO's Overwatch bans are game bans and usually last a limited amount of time, VAC bans are forever, and they cover every game that uses Steam's anti-cheat system. In other words, if an account gets banned from one VAC-secured game, it is banned from all of them.
I’d be interested to know where and what time of day you play in—because most high trust players (which is about 96% of players) experience cheaters now in about 1 in 40 matches. Feel free to send me your account name through the valve contact form!— John McDonald (@basisspace) December 6, 2020
There's isn't any hard data available to see how many players actually cheat, but VAC has banned thousands of accounts in 2020 alone.
What is CSGO's Trust Factor?
The real problem in CSGO comes from the game's trust factor mechanic. There's no way for players to check their trust factor, and they have few instructions from Valve on how exactly they can improve it.
Trust factor is only one problem when it comes to CSGO's perceived cheating problem, but it's not helping. Players that think they have high trust might not actually have such a high value, and without instruction or intervention from Valve CSGO developers, cheating complaints will only get worse. There's even a way for players to see if they've played against any players that have received a VAC ban.
But there is good news. According to the accounts that SteamID has measured, VAC bans have decreased since Steam's huge VAC wave in September. Hopefully the drop is due to CSGO's trusted mode and not a new way for hackers to gain access to CSGO. Either way, Valve has shown they're on the case.
Visual Stories around the web
Fnatic's KRIMZ receives VAC ban before Flashpoint 2 match
What does VAC mean in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
CSGO devs claim to have fixed a new report botting exploit
Valve used Overwatch to train machines to combat CSGO cheating
This is how to check if people you played with in CSGO have VAC bans
A closer look at CSGO's Broken Fang Case skins
BIG to play IEM Global Challenge in place of Chaos, NA teams
Every Ancient skin from CSGO's new Operation Broken Fang
G2 Esports benches Jackz as AmeNEk returns to CSGO roster
ESIC will not penalize CSGO cheating after long investigation
Here's how to use and customize CSGO's new ping system
CSGO Rio Major reportedly delayed again, until late 2021
How to activate hard mode in Broken Fang's co-op Autumn Harvest
CSGO Operation Broken Fang's store, stars, and prices explained
Valve names Operation Broken Fang loadout after summit1g meme
New CSGO operation Broken Fang is the biggest one yet
MIBR fined by FLASHPOINT for stream sniping in match against OG
Alex leads Cloud9's CSGO resurgence at DreamHack Masters
Chaos confirms that it will drop CSGO and Rainbow 6 teams