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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Player Hilariously Trolls Cheaters

According to Esports Talk, cheating is a major problem in CS:GO these days. The popular first-person shooter went free-to-play back in 2018, a move that angered its fan base as they feared an increase in cheaters. Based on Esports Talk's video, it seems those fears weren't unfounded. Apparently, a YouTuber named ScriptKid also thought the cheating problem was out of hand — so he decided to do something about it.

ScriptKid trolled cheaters in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) with fake cheating software, which he termed "bait software." Instead of giving its users superhuman skills and abilities, this bait software caused them to throw grenades at themselves, shoot their teammates, and much, much more.

ScriptKid, who describes himself as a part time content creator who "like[s] coding useless applications and stuff," claims that he spent $600 of his own money to create and advertise his new bait software with the sole purpose of getting revenge on cheaters. He advertised the "cheat" as completely free and totally undetectable by Valve Anti-Cheat, an auto-moderation system designed to find and permanently ban cheaters.

Over a thousand people reportedly took the bait and downloaded ScriptKid's hack. However, in an ironic twist worthy of Dante's Inferno, players who thought they would be getting the ability to make perfect headshots every time or see through walls instead found themselves being punished for their sins.

ScriptKid's YouTube video is a ten minute compilation of would-be cheaters doing things that would embarrass the greenest noob. At two minutes in you can see a player using ScriptKid's mod failing to defuse a bomb. Around the three minute mark, someone falls prey to his "ViolenceSpeedMomentum" punishment, which cranks the mouse sensitivity way, way up. You can see that person spinning around like a top for a few seconds before being gunned down. At six minutes, a player gets hit with ScriptKid's "ButterFingers" effect. This causes him to repeatedly drop his gun for no reason, leaving him an easy target for his opponent.

Those are just a few of the many punishments that ScriptKid built into his bait software. Throughout the video you can also see users wasting their in-game money on sub-par weapons, having their mouse controls inverted without warning, and suddenly being unable to make even the simplest shots.

This isn't the first time that ScriptKid has trolled cheaters. He's done the same thing to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) players who were looking for unfair advantages. His PUBG software had many of the same effects as his CS:GO "cheat," forcing players to throw grenades at themselves, jump out of moving vehicles, and repeatedly fail to revive their downed teammates. ScriptKid says in the PUBG video description that it also uploads their play sessions, which is how he gets the footage for his videos. His CS:GO trolling video doesn't say how he got the footage for it, but presumably he used a similar method.

There does seem to be some question about whether ScriptKid's CS:GO video is legit. As of this article's publication, many of the top comments or the replies to them are insisting that the video is phony. One of the top comments also claims that "Noon Dog" (presumably a typo for Noob Dog) has exposed the video as a fake. However, looking up the player in question only finds an angry tweet saying that the video was "probably" faked, with no evidence. The YouTube naysayers also seem unable to come up with anything concrete, and invariably respond with some version of "it's obvious" or "nobody would be that stupid." ScriptKid has responded to these accusations by making the source code available for everyone to see "as evidence that [his] videos are not faked."

ScriptKid's $600 prank isn't likely to make much of a dent in the CS:GO cheating community — as Noob Dog says in his tweet, most players will simply uninstall the mod once they realize they've been tricked. However, to judge by the video's 20,000 likes, a lot of people enjoyed watching some cheaters get the tables turned on them. A few commenters even proposed using the bait software for fun, saying they'd like to set up games on private servers (away from Valve Anti-Cheat's watchful eye) where everyone was using ScriptKid's software. With the source code publicly posted and available, assuming that it does work as ScriptKid claims, that would likely be possible.

Faked or not, ScriptKid's video is a hit. As of right now, he only has three videos uploaded on his YouTube page, but each of the three has hundreds of thousands of views (and one has over a million). We'll be watching to see what this part-time creator does next.