Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has been updated with the patch notes announcing that a link to “Fair Play Guidelines” has been added which players will see when using official servers.
As you may have guessed by the name these guidelines address cheating as well as general sportsmanship in this competitive game.
While the intention here is good we’re not sure how effective this is going to be. Those going into a multiplayer game with the intention of cheating or other causing a bad time for everyone involved is likely never going to actually read these guidelines, even though they’re rather short:
Playing CS:GO together works best when everyone goes into a match with similar expectations. Players who choose to play on official CS:GO servers are expected to:
In all modes:
– Never cheat.
– Never grief or verbally abuse your teammates or opponents.
– Never use any automation for any reason.
In Competitive and Wingman:
– Play to win.*
– Play the full match.
Failure to play following these guidelines may result in various penalties, including cooldowns, communication restrictions, and Game Bans.
*Obviously it’s fine to try new things and experiment with new strats and skills, but players should not enter a match with the intention of losing or disrupting their teammates.
We doubt any nefarious players will ever read these guidelines or pay them any heed should they happen to navigate to it by mistake.
We have to assume that Valve has implemented this as another way of covering its bases so it can ban bad actors when they pop up. Being reminded of these rules every time someone enters a match is much more effective than simply agreeing to long user agreement at some point.
It also acts as a constant reminder for those cheating or griefing. With the warning popping up every time a match is cued these people can be freshly made aware that the banner hammer can drop at any moment.
Will that actually happen and will the Fair Play Guidelines make any difference? Probably not, but it’s a nice thought.
[Via – 3kliksphilip]