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UK Teen Creates Anti-Cheat Software Responsible for 14,500 CS:GO Bans

By Alistair Jones on at

A British teenager has created an anti-cheat program that has helped ban more than 14,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheats. Speaking to The Loadout, the developer - who goes by the name 2Eggs - said their program has a success rate of more than 98%.

2Eggs says that they got interested in anti-cheat technology after watching Valve senior software John McDonald’s demo at GDC 2018. That demo spawned HestiaNet - named for the Greek Goddess of healing and the hearth - a piece of software which uses 2Eggs’ own account to review CS:GO’s Overwatch cases (this is nothing to do with Blizzard's Overwatch, it's the name CS:GO gives to its peer-review process). But while it might take a human being several minutes to rule on a single report, HestiaNet can complete the process in seconds.

When handed a report, HestiaNet checks and analyses the footage, comes to a decision, and stores the user’s SteamID in a database. If the account is banned the program will register that, taking note of specific information to help improve the process in future. It would seem HestiaNet is doing a pretty good job already - of the 14,782 cases reviewed in the past two years, 14,515 have resulted in some kind of punishment.

HestiaNet is an impressive achievement, but the program isn’t the only thing 2Eggs has helped Valve out with. Last month, they were awarded nearly £9,000 for helping the developer identify new exploits within its games and clients, suggesting that fighting against cheats can be much more profitable than using them for a quick boost in ranked.