On March 22, 2023, Valve’s announcement of Counter-Strike 2 took the world by storm. The news of the highly anticipated Source 2 engine upgrade for CSGO was met with global celebrations from fans of the FPS genre, as the company confirmed the upgrade along with a host of other exciting features.
Scheduled for a full release in Summer 2023, Counter-Strike 2 will bring lots of new content and improvements over the currently existing CSGO, which is based on the Source 1 engine. Features such as tickless servers, responsive smokes, and revamped maps, are something that the Counter-Strike community is eagerly looking forward to seeing in action. On top of that, if leaks are anything to go by, improvements to the anti-cheat system are also on the horizon.
According to a recent Tweet by prominent CSGO data miner ‘Aquarius’, a new anti-cheat measure for Counter-Strike 2 is already in the works.
This new anti-cheat feature for Counter-Strike 2 is called “VAC Live”, and it’s supposedly an improvement over the current VAC that exists in CSGO.
From the initial looks at the feature, it seems that VAC Live will instantly terminate any match that is in progress when a cheater is detected on the server.
It’s a similar approach to Valorant’s anti-cheat system, where a cheater being detected results in an instant match termination, nullifying any changes to rank or MMR.
Whether the ‘VAC live’ feature will be present in the live game at the time of its official launch is still not certain at the time of writing. However, the game’s community has commended the efforts of the developers to address the growing issue of cheaters in CSGO.