CS:GO Update: Valve Cracks Down on Griefing With Stricter Punishments

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Griefers in CS:GO to be Handed Harsher Punishments

Valve has taken a huge step to ensure that griefers are heavily punished for their behaviour. However, this is dependent upon the amount of reports that a griefer receives. If a particular player is troubling or harassing their teammates across multiple matches and receives “unusually high amounts of griefing reports,” only then will any action be taken against that griefer. Otherwise, there is a chance that they may go unpunished, so players have to make sure that they report a griefer when they come across one.

First time around, the griefer will be handed out just a warning similar to how a player receives one before getting a ban on the basis of toxicity. However, if the behaviour continues, the griefer will be handed a competitive cooldown which has a potential to keep escalating in duration.

There is a bit of a concern within the CS:GO community that four-man stacks would be able to abuse this, which would lead to a non-griefer getting punished. However, Valve has specifically mentioned that the number of reports would need to be “unusually high” for them to take action against that user, and four reports from a single match clearly does not fit this criteria.

Having said that, the scenario is still plausible just a little more scarce in number. The feature has rolled out today and only time will tell if it turns out to be an effective tool to combat griefers or not.

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