Valve Warns Potential Counter-Strike 2 Players of Scams with Fake Access to Its Limited Test
Valve, the developer behind the popular online multiplayer game Counter-Strike, recently revealed that Counter-Strike 2 will be released this summer. In anticipation of its release, a limited test is now accessible for some Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) players via an in-game invitation. However, potential players are being warned of scams involving fake access to the limited test.
Reports on Reddit have surfaced of fake login sites that collect data and enable scammers to take Steam account information. These sites appear to be legitimate login pages for the limited test but are actually phishing sites designed to trick users into giving away their personal information. Valve has issued a warning to potential players to be aware of these scams and to only access the limited test through the official CSGO website or through an invitation from Valve.
“Beware of scams. The only way to check for Limited Test access is to launch CS:GO through Steam and check the Main Menu,” Valve wrote on Twitter warning players of the potential scam.
“Do not log into third-party sites claiming to check your Steam account for access or offering Limited Test access or keys; there are no Limited Test keys.”
Here’s what the actual invitation from Valve looks like. Players will only receive the invite through the game’s main menu.
Valve has a history of cracking down on scams involving its games, and the company takes the security of its users very seriously. In the past, Valve has issued cease and desist orders against websites that sell skins and other in-game items for real money, and it has also banned players for using hacks and exploits to gain an unfair advantage in games.