SOURCE CODE LEAKS FOR CS:GO AND TF2 RAISED CONCERNS
Valve’s CS:GO and Team Fortress 2 have reportedly presented source code leaks that have led to players having serious concerns related to cheating and virus/malware spreading in online gaming. The code was first posted on 4Chan’s /v/ board; since access to the source code is generally limited to Source Engine licensees, Valve employees and contractors, the whole idea of anyone getting their hands on the code has gamers worried to death. Welcome to the source, Neo! O.o
But amid server shutdowns, warnings, and calls for gamers to uninstall the software from their computers, Valve tried to downplay and wash the whole thing down releasing a statement where it says the leaks dates back to 2017 and 2018, and tries to calm down users saying it hasn’t “found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds” of these two popular games. Valve’s statement went something like this:
“We have reviewed the leaked code and believe it to be a reposting of a limited CS:GO engine code depot released to partners in late 2017, and originally leaked in 2018. From this review, we have not found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds (as always, playing on the official servers is recommended for greatest security). We will continue to investigate the situation and will update news outlets and players if we find anything to prove otherwise. In the meantime, if anyone has more information about the leak, the Valve security page describes how best to report that information.”
Valve Archive curator Jaycie Erysdren even tweeted that the CS:GO source code was made public when a member of the Source Engine modding community made the leak to try to make some canceled Valve projects come to life.
Valve ended it saying, “We will continue to investigate the situation and will update news outlets and players if we find anything to prove otherwise. In the meantime, if anyone has more information about the leak, the Valve security page…describes how best to report that information.”
Sure sounds like a Valorant thing…
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