Multiple seemingly innocent accounts were banned in a recent wave, diverting the attention of Counter-Strike 2 players to an issue with Valve’s anti-cheat software. Ever since the game’s official release, a lot of CS2 players have said that VAC bans are unfair and that players with really high DPI settings are to blame. Are the cheaters, though, just trying to get their skins back?
In a post made on the official Steam forum on October 15, 2023, an account called Jigg1ypuff claimed that he had been banned from VAC due to his excessive mouse movement while playing. The player goes on to say that he has been falsely banned before and will undoubtedly not be the last. There have been reports of similar instances on Reddit, Steam, and HLTV from players. Many members of the community have raised doubts about these claims, implying that players might be concealing their actual cheating behaviors by using high DPI settings. Nevertheless, a content creator for CS2 later claims to have replicated the problem in-game.
You can observe CS:GO YouTuber TabbyN demonstrating the ban bug in action in a casual room. He uses the official Logitech program to spin the mouse and shoot at its highest DPI setting. His time in the lobby was cut short the second the experiment started because of its sudden end. We are hesitant to put the previous case to the test independently, even though it does not indicate anything is wrong.
For what reason does VAC punish CS2 players who use a high DPI?
It seems likely that the issue stems from VAC’s CS2 modifications. Now, the anti-cheat system can detect cheating, according to Valve. It’s driven by AI. Using previously resolved cases as a starting point, it identifies potential cheaters. The video’s gameplay could trick the AI into thinking it’s hacking, which is one of the most infamous forms of cheating.
Affected players have no choice but to sit tight until Valve figures out what’s going on and lifts the bans. Please, everyone else, act properly and refrain from dressing like a spinbot when using matchmaking.