Counter-Strike: GO Finds Freaky Fowl, Guts Griefers

It’s both trick and treat for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] in the latest update. With Spookday almost upon us, Valve have unleashed the scary chickens again. This time, they’ve got cute little carved pumpkin heads as they strut and scurry around levels. Those sillies are the treat. The trick? Valve are ramping up the punishment for players convicted of griefing by a trial of their peers, going straight to permanent bans on the second offence. And then Chet Faliszek TPs your house.

Pip and I have put our heads together and come up with the definitive CS: GO Halloween chicken ranking:

3) Pumpkinhead
2) Zombie
1) Ghost

It’s not that the pumpkinhats are bad – they’re delightful! – but it’s hard to compete with chickens who rise from the dead with wings outstretched or wear sheets to pretend to be ghosts. What great chickens they all are. The other festive chickens – bunny ears, Christmas jumpers, and so on – have been fab too.

As for griefers, well! CS:GO’s Overwatch program, where players review replays of others who’ve been reported for suspected cheating or bad behaviour then together make rules, is now harsher. Rather than endlessly handing out month-long temporary bans for griefing, the Overwatch punishment for a second offence jumps to a permanent ban. You behave, now.

Check out the patch notes to see everything else that changed, including a few bug fixes and some tweaks to the revamped Inferno.


  1. Holysheep says:

    Banning griefers was becoming awfuly mandatory. These guys seriously needed that permaban.

    • Premium User Badge

      Qazinsky says:

      Reading those Steam Chart posts(while dodging Vengabuses), I doubt this will slow griefers down much.

  2. Distec says:

    What is considered griefing – as distinct from cheating – in CS:GO? Foul language, anime porn sprays, and teabagging?

    • nasKo says:

      Deliberately blocking doors, throwing away weapons, blocking teammates trying to dodge, blocking line of sight or blocking shots, friendly fire, etc.
      Going out of your way to NOT help your team, basically.

      Porn sprays aren’t a thing, btw. IIRC you can’t just spray anything anymore. Spray images are now an in-game item like skins and stickers, purchasable on the community market.
      Last time I checked, (voice) chat isn’t part of the Overwatch demo, so people couldn’t get (Overwatch-)banned for that back when I played.

    • Simbosan says:

      It’s a weird world where shooting people with shotguns isn’t considered griefing

  3. jenzu3 says:

    so you focus more on banning the grifers rather than just improving the vac system so it can catch cheaters from the menu or just fixing the hitbox

    • Holysheep says:

      The anti cheat works very well. The griefers however were a permanent, non treatable cancer until now. TKers, people who lose on purpose and then hide to make the game longer, people who insult anyone anytime, and so on.

    • Sauch says:

      What? The VAC system can’t detect deliberate disruptions to team play and TKs.