Counter-Strike 2’s limited test has already leaked online

by Danny Craig  · 
Counter-Strike 2’s limited test has already leaked online

Only a couple of days after its release, the closed-testing build of Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) has been leaked online as a torrent download.

The details:

  • The limited test build of CS2 was released alongside the title's announcement on March 22 and is currently only available to a select group of players, including content creators and those involved in the franchise's esports scene. An anonymous player with direct access to the build, according to vx-underground, has now leaked the game online in a playable state. Since it's unable to connect to Valve's official CS2 servers, the build can only be played against AI bots in single-player modes.
  • Some believe the build was leaked by a cheat developer, as rumors have circulated that they may have had access to the test before legitimate players. Valve has not officially confirmed this; however, if the rumors are true, it appears that the CS team will have to work extra hard on the latest version of Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC). Cheaters now have early access to the game's data, which allows them to work on developing new cheats ahead of the game's official release, potentially causing problems for players.
  • This is not the first time Valve has had to deal with leaks for one of its iconic franchises, with Half-Life 2 experiencing one of gaming's largest leaks before its release. A beta version of the game was released in October 2003, a full year before the game's official release in November 2004, and despite being incomplete, it resembled the final product in many ways. Valve was also hit by a massive leak earlier this year, with assets from several Source-powered games, including Team Fortress 2, being shared online, providing fans with access to cut and unfinished content.

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