Valve has now launched the Trusted Mode update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in their attempt to reduce cheating further - here's what's changed.
As we mentioned when testing out the Beta in a previous article, it now significantly restricts what's allowed to interact with the game unless whatever it is becomes digitally signed. Well, on Windows anyway. The Linux version does have Trusted Mode but all the tweaks seem to be targeting Windows since that's where most people appear to attempt cheating. Still, it affects everyone and less possible cheating is always a good think for a competitive first-person shooter.
You can launch it without it using "-insecure" as a launch option but this will prevent you playing on VAC servers:
It seems to already be causing issues for OBS Studio on Windows, which once again does not affect Linux since we don't have Game Capture and Window Capture continues to work great on Linux (tested personally today). No doubt Valve will tweak it over time, with it being the first actual release and as cheaters break it the cycle of cat and mouse will continue.
They key thing is that Trusted Mode isn't supposed to entirely end cheating in CS:GO, it's just part of the effort. Along with VAC, Prime account status, Trust Factor and so on.
For Linux gamers in CS:GO - it's business as usual with perhaps less cheaters running around. You can play CS:GO free on Steam now. Give Danger Zone a go, it's a lot of fun.