Once a multiplayer game becomes competitive, you can count on a subset of players to come up: cheaters. These players download (and sometimes pay for) software to win games at the expense of any kind of integrity. Scammers ruin games with instant headshot hacks usually called target bots, the ability to see through walls, and other unfair perks. However, some software developers are fighting back in clever and funny ways.
ScriptKid, a YouTuber and Twitch streamer, develops software to trick hackers. In early July, ScriptKid released a video entitled “CSGO Scammers Trolled By Fake Cheat Software”. Fake cheat software that they created.
The idea is simple. ScriptKid creates a program masquerading as cheat software and then spends its own money promoting this free cheat on Google Counter Strike Global Offensive Players download the software to gain a competitive advantage. However, free software is not always easy to predict.
The software discovered by Eurogamer does not work as advertised, but takes over the player̵
To the cheater’s teammates and opponents, it looks like a donkey standing on a living grenade or puddle of fire from a Molotov cocktail. But they didn’t choose any of these for the scammer – other than download the software and agree to the ScriptKid User Agreement, which they almost certainly haven’t read. The user agreement also states that reruns of the cheater’s games will be automatically sent to ScriptKid. This is how so many great hackers are failing the footage.
ScriptKid’s software has some other great penalties like “BloodBrothers” which result in the scammer automatically firing at an ally when the cursor rolls over them. In their second CSGO video, which premiered earlier this month, ScriptKid added some bonus penalties to the software’s volley – and renamed it to keep scammers away from the smell.
All the penalties are great in their own way, but MindControl is the main work of ScriptKid. When players reach an invisible tripwire on the map, a flashbang effect will appear on their screen, making them blind. While they’re blinded, the software takes over the player and makes them do something stupid. Usually they throw their weapon – or themselves – off the map. And until the players regain control they have no idea what happened and are unarmed or dead.
To the cheater’s unwilling allies, most of these punishments will only make the cheater look disgusting, or better yet, like they are deliberately trolling their teammates. In a couple of clips, the cheater’s teammates vote to kick the cheater for throwing the game, resulting in some of the best glee we’ve seen on the internet in weeks.
ScriptKid’s July cheater video has over 3.5 million views at the time of this writing, with the September video already hitting over 1.3 million. ScriptKid started this venture in December 2019 with fake hacks for PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds. ScriptKid is currently receiving requests from fans on Twitch and their YouTube videos about which game they should create software for next.