New timeout hack disconnects players mid-game

Fariha Bhatti • October 12, 10:20

The timeout exploit is becoming more common in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, marring games for competitive players. 

WIN.gg previously discussed whether a disconnect hack exists in CSGO or not, and it seems to be real after all. More and more players are coming forward with complaints of being disconnected from a server repeatedly, especially after the Operation Riptide release. 

CSGO has a hacker problem, and it’s not a new thing. Older players have long been budging the developer to strengthen the anti-cheat system. Valve recently introduced a paywall that did a great job wiping out the bad actors, but expert cheaters can afford the prime subscription. Players are now dealing with a new breed of cheaters who don’t need aim or wallhack. They simply disconnect you from the server. 

A Reddit user named Ashhan was among many who encountered this hack. The player shared a clip on map Cache, showing how they randomly timed out in the middle of a one versus three situation. He also revealed that the three hackers likely kicked two players in the enemy team to win the game smoothly. His entire squad kept getting disconnected when they were mid-duel. The enemy team didn’t disconnect once, hinting that it wasn’t a server issue. 

Similar reports are coming from other CSGO players getting timed out despite stable connection. The rarity of this hack has confused the community as no one is sure whether this is possible or not. Older players confirm this to be a rare but dangerous hack that has existed for a long time. However, recent updates have increased the number of cheaters using this time out the exploit. 

To execute this cheat properly, hackers require access to the server to find the IP addresses of the players. To time players out of the server, they must tweak with individual addresses, making this an extremely tricky hack. While it is challenging to carry out, it’s likely a cakewalk for experienced CSGO hackers. 

Valve hasn’t yet addressed this issue in recent patches, but players should expect a fix soon. This new cheat is unlike any other hack and is becoming more common in ranked queues. Thus, Valve might finally pay attention and deliver a fix for it in the next release notes. 

Is there a hack in CSGO that disconnects players?

Timeout exploit or disconnect hack is an old issue among the players, but Valve hasn’t ever addressed it. The consistent reports point towards it being an actual hack, but it’s hard to say.  

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