As soon as a multiplayer game becomes competitive, you have a subset of players to invade: the cheaters. These players download (and sometimes pay for) software to help them win games at the expense of any kind of integrity. Cheaters ruin games with instant head attacks, usually called aimbots, the ability to see through walls, and other unfair advantages. But some software creators are reacting in clever and hilarious ways.
ScriptKid, a YouTuber and Twitch streamer, designs software to fool hackers. In early July, ScriptKid released a video titled “CSGO Cheaters trolled by fake cheat software”. Fake cheat software they created.
The idea is simple. ScriptKid creates a program disguised as cheat software, then spends its money to advertise this free and desperate cheat on Google Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players download the software to gain a competitive advantage. But free software isn̵
The software, identified by Eurogamer, does not work as advertised, even if it replaces the player’s game. ScriptKid has devised a series of “free kicks” for players who download their cheats. A punishment, which ScriptKid calls “BurningMan,” forces the cheater to throw a grenade at his feet, then the software melts the movement keys.
For teammates and cheater opponents, he just looks like an idiot standing on a live grenade or a pool of fire from a Molotov cocktail. But for the cheat, they didn’t choose any of that – other than downloading the software and accepting the ScriptKid user agreement which they almost certainly didn’t read. The user agreement also advertises that it will automatically send replays of the scammer’s games to ScriptKid, which is how they have footage of so many big hacker failures.
ScriptKid’s software provides some other great punishments, such as “BloodBrothers”, which causes the scammer to automatically fire at an ally if the cursor passes over them. In their second CSGO video, which premiered earlier this month, ScriptKid added some bonus punishments to the software’s salvation and renamed it to take out the cheaters.
All punishments are great in their own way, but “MindControl” is ScriptKid’s masterpiece. When players reach an invisible cable in the map, a flashbang effect appears on the screen, blinding them. While they are blinded, the software takes control of the player and makes them do something stupid. Usually, this implies that they throw their weapon – or themselves – off the map. And by the time players regain control, they have no idea what happened, finding themselves without weapons or dead.
To the cheater’s reluctant allies, most of these punishments make him look hateful or, even better, as if they are intentionally trolling their teammates. In some clips, the cheater’s teammates vote to kick the cheater for launching the match, resulting in some of the best Schadenfreude we’ve seen on the internet in weeks.
ScriptKid’s July video cheater has over 3.5 million views at the time of writing, with the September video already reaching over 1.3 million. ScriptKid started this venture in December 2019, with fake hacks for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. ScriptKid is currently getting requests from fans on Twitch and their YouTube videos for which game they should be making software for next.