Running certain plugins will cause your server to be blacklisted
Valve recently announced they would blacklist any servers running plugins that are offering to their players false inventories and/or profiles as a free or paid service. Essentially this refers to the so-called !knife and !ws plugins and the popular weapon paints plugins.
In order to comply with Valve’s wishes, we ask all of our users to remove any plugins of this type, as running these plugins will cause your server to be blacklisted. We’ll also be actively purging these plugins from servers running with us.
Running a plugin of this type will cause us to immediately delete your server with no refunds offered, as you run the risk of blacklisting your server and any other servers running on the same machine.
New Plugin Library
In order to deal with this, we’ve pushed up the priority of a project that we had planned for some time, which we call the “Plugin Library”. The Plugin Library contains a list of plugins available with one-click installers (similar to our Sourcemod integration). The plugin library can be accessed after enabling SourceMod, both when renting a new server or when editing an existing one. Here’s how it looks:
If you have questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Keep in mind that this is the first version of the plugin library, and we have big plans for it, so expect to see some nice updates to it in the future as well.
Don’t find the plugin you’d like?
No worries. Simply send an e-mail with the plugin you want to add to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll review and add it as soon as possible. If you have a plugin that you’ve developed yourself and don’t want to have public, we can arrange that as well.
Valve’s official statement
Below is Valve’s official statement that we refer to:
“CS:GO community servers provide valuable experiences to players and communities, and are serving more players than ever before. Over the past month, 3.1 mln unique players were observed playing on community servers and this number keeps growing each month.
We’re aware that some server operators are offering to their players false inventories and/or profiles as a free or paid service via mods on their servers. These mods inaccurately report the contents of a players’ inventory and/or matchmaking status, devaluing both and potentially creating a confusing experience for players.
Therefore, we are asking server operators to remove any mods and plugins that falsify the contents of a players’ profile or inventory.
To be clear, the services that should not be offered on a community server include (but are not limited to):
– Allowing players to claim temporary ownership of CS:GO items that are not in their inventory (Weapon skins, knives, etc.).
– Providing a falsified competitive skill group and/or profile rank status or scoreboard coin (e.g., Operation Challenge Coins).
– Interfering with systems that allow players to correctly access their own CS:GO inventories, items, or profile.
If your server provides any of the above services then we request that you disable them. If for some reason you are unable or unsure of whether a particular plugin should be removed, feel free to contact us.
We will continue to monitor the players experience on community servers, and may reevaluate if further actions need to be taken to ensure that server operators comply with the request above.
The CS:GO Team”
We appreciate your help with this, and if you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.