A few months ago I wrote an article on CS:GO cheaters and how Valve was dealing with that issue. The company had over 1.700 CPUs tracking cheaters and banning them, but it still wasn’t enough. Today I bring some good news on the subject, as Valve has released their new anti-cheat system for CS:GO, Trusted Launch.
What is the Trusted Launch and what does it do?
Trusted Launch is an optional setting for players that will help Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) improve the detection of cheaters. The beta was launched just a few days ago, and players can now use that option.
Players who choose to enable the Trusted Launch setting will find that it restricts access to CS:GO in a significant way, blocking players who use external non-approved programs. There is no specification on what sort of programs or files are included in the restriction, but I find that, in a way, it works similarly to Vanguard, the anti-cheat system used in Valorant.
Once activated, Trusted Launch monitors the player’s system and searches for any third-party program or file interacting with the game. If everything is okay, then the player won’t have any issues playing the game. If not, the player will get a warning indicating they won’t be able to play the game until such program or file is removed.
The player can disable this option, but won’t be able to play in VAC-enabled servers. Not only that, but players who activate and then disable this option will also temporarily find themselves with a low trust score, until a Valve’s CPU can verify whether the player is cheating or not.
While you’d think this new anti-cheat system is quite similar to Valorant‘s Vanguard, it does differ in certain ways. It’s not as aggressive as Vanguard, instead giving players a bit more control over whether they want to use it or not.
I haven’t seen much difference yet, as a lot of players still aren’t aware of this new optional setting. Hopefully, when Valve officially releases the anti-cheat, it’ll improve everyone’s game, and we’ll all be able to enjoy CS:GO without the overbearing presence of cheaters.