Counter Strike Global Offensive Now Launches in ‘Trusted Mode’ By Default

Published 07/09/2020, 6:58 AM EDT


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will now launch in ‘Trusted Mode’ according to the latest announcement. Valve has already announced that it was testing the beta version of this in its previous announcement. Through the ‘Trusted launch’, Valve plans to take its fight against the hackers to the next level.

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‘Trusted Mode’ will not allow 3-party files to run with the game. It will detect an unauthorized file and display a warning. Furthermore, the player will be banned from VAC-enabled servers. This will also temporarily affect the player’s trust score.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trusted mode

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In their latest announcement on the website, they said

[Trusted Mode] – Players now launch CS:GO in Trusted mode by default
— While in Trusted mode, third party software will be blocked from interacting with CS:GO
— To allow third party software to interact with CS:GO, you can start the game with the -untrusted launch option. Note that in this case your Trust score may be negatively affected.
— A backwards compatibility label “1.37.5.9” is temporarily available for players experiencing difficulty launching the latest version of the game.
– If you are a third party developer, all of your DLLs that interact with CS:GO must be digitally signed.
— If your customers would like to use third party software that is not digitally signed, they can start the game with the -insecure launch option. Note that they will not be able to join VAC servers with this option.

Launching the game in trusted mode is the way forward. Yet, Valve gives you the option to not launch it with the ’insecure’ option. But, this will affect your trust factor.

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Counter-Strike is a game that has been forever plagued by cheaters and hackers. It is extremely easy for anyone to download a 3 party software that allows them to use wallhacks, spin bots, aim hacks, etc. There have been numerous instances where pros were caught using hacks in official tournaments and were banned. Not only does it look bad on the part of that particular player but also on the game and its makers.

Valve’s decision to launch ‘trusted mode’ is to ensure that the game bans such cheaters/hackers to maintain the standard of gameplay.

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Akshay Patel

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Akshay Patel is the Group Head of the eSports division at EssentiallySports. After having obtained his BBA degree, Akshay has been in the field of social media and content creation since 2018. He grew up playing Counter-Strike and has been hooked on gaming ever since.

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