Skip to main content

‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ community to police cheaters

Counter-Strike-Global-Offensive
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Experienced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players, dubbed “investigators,” can now issue temporary bans to players they determine to be cheating through a new system called “Overwatch.” Valve launched the initial beta test for Overwatch this week; the program is named after the authoritarian police squads in the company’s dystopian first-person shooter, Half-Life 2.

Investigators receive notifications when there are pending cases (i.e. when players are reported for alleged acts of cheating) and can then watch around 10 minutes of gameplay before issuing a verdict. Multiple investigators review each claim, and if a consensus is reached that cheating occurred, a temporary ban is sent off to Valve for review before being enforced.

Investigators are selected based on how old their accounts are, how much time they’ve spent playing, and how many reports have been made against them. The more they participate in Overwatch and the more often their verdicts agree with the consensus, the more weight their decisions carry.

Valve promises that the plan is to make Overwatch entirely community-driven once it moves out of beta.

Editors' Recommendations

Michael Rougeau
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Mike Rougeau is a journalist and writer who lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and two dogs. He specializes in video…
Best Xbox Series X and Series S deals: discounts and bundles
Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S game consoles.

The latest generation of the Xbox has some excellent upgrades, such as a quick pause-and-play function and the option to buy a cheaper digital-only option. Luckily, both the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are easier to come by now compared to when they launched and stock was low. That means there are a lot of great deals you can take advantage of right now, and, much like with PlayStation deals, looking around for the best deals will get you much better prices. To that end, we've gone out and scoured all the big and small retailers for some of our favorite deals out there.
Xbox Core Wireless Controller -- $57, was $65

Whichever Xbox you buy, you get a standard controller but how about having one that shows off some of your personality? Or one that means you can play games on the couch with your buddies or family. That's where the Xbox Core Wireless Controller is so useful. Available in many different colors, you get all the benefits of an ergonomic design with sculpted surfaces and refined geometry for enhanced comfort. Up to 40 hours of battery life is convenient while it connects via Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth so you can use it with your PC, phone or tablet too.

Read more
Best Buy deals: Save on laptops, TVs, appliances, and more
best buy shuts down insignia line smart home products store 2 768x768

Best Buy is always a great retailer to turn to if you’re looking for some savings. There are almost always Best Buy deals taking place on TVs, appliances, and devices we use to navigate the digital world. In fact, right now at Best Buy you can find some of the best TV deals, best laptop deals, and best phone deals that can be shopped, and we haven’t even mentioned the deals on tablets and home audio equipment currently taking place at Best Buy. We’ve rounded up all of the best Best Buy deals you can shop right now and categorized them for your convenience below, so read onward for some great opportunities to save.
Best Buy TV deals

There may be no better place to purchase one of the best TVs than Best Buy. There is almost always some huge savings to find on TVs at Best Buy, and that’s certainly the case right now. You’ll find deals top TV brands like Sony, Samsung, and LG, and more budget-friendly brands like TCL and Hisense are in play, too.

Read more
Amazon’s Fallout series is crossing over with two Fallout games
Ella Purnell in Fallout.

A TV show based on the Fallout series of video games debuted on Amazon Prime this week, and now Fallout Shelter and Fallout 76 are both getting new content themed around the show.

Free-to-play vault management game Fallout Shelter will get a new eight-mission questline. Playing through this quest will net players six new vault dwellers, including Ella Purnell's Lucy, Aaron Moten's Maximus, and Walton Goggins' The Ghoul. Bethesda is also adding other items themed around the series to the game, including a pre-war Cowboy outfit, The Ghoul's revolver, a wedding dress, and a Vault 33 jumpsuit. That last item will be available for free to anyone who logs into the game between today and May 7.

Read more