Counter-Strike 2 bans for AMD Anti-Lag+ users set to be “reversed”

Counter-Strike 2 bans for AMD Anti-Lag+ users set to be “reversed”
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Megan Cooke


22nd Oct 2023 19:10

Valve will be reversing the Counter-Strike 2 VAC bans issued to players who used AMD’s Anti-Lag feature.

Alongside reinstating the accounts, a startup check for incompatible AMD drivers has been added to the game. 

Counter-Strike 2 will be reversing bans for affected players

CS2 players who have used AMD's Anti-Lag when playing the game may have faced unforeseen consequences over the last week as accounts were banned for tampering with the game code.

On 13 October, the Counter-Strike Twitter account stated that players using the AMD Anti-Lag feature were receiving VAC bans for altering the game’s code.

“AMD's latest driver has made their "Anti-Lag/+" feature available for CS2, which is implemented by detouring engine dll functions,” it said.

“If you are an AMD customer and play CS2, DO NOT ENABLE ANTI-LAG/+; any tampering with CS code will result in a VAC ban.

“Once AMD ships an update we can do the work of identifying affected users and reversing their ban.”

It seems that the update mentioned in the tweet has been issued as on 19 October, Valve announced through a small update for CS2 that the VAC bans would start being reversed.

A startup check for incompatible drivers has been added

In order to prevent the bans from happening again, Valve has implemented checks for drivers which are incompatible with the games code.

The update states that it has "added a startup check for incompatible AMD graphics drivers."

It continues on to say: "We will now begin reversing VAC bans for affected players."

No further news on how Valve intends to compensate players who were impacted by the bans, including those who were seen as guilty by association within the game, has been issued at this stage.

Megan is GGRecon's Evening & Weekend News Writer. She has an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and is working towards finishing her masters in Journalism. When she isn’t writing about games she can be found reading romance novels or playing cosy games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, APICO, and Disney Dreamlight Valley.

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