Why can’t some game-code be used to catch cheats, such as fly and speed hackers. For example, when a player is flying through the air, they typically have an arms flailing animation. The code could check to see if the player is registered as an admin, if not and they stay in that animation for X-amount of seconds, they are kicked or banned. Same thing with speed hacks. If a player is at x,y location and they end up at x2,y2 location, which is further than a normal player should be able to travel within a certain amount of time, they again are kicked or banned.
Also, VAC should start logging system hardware ID’s. Instead of banning an account ID, which allows the player to just log back in with a different account, the player’s whole system should be blocked. Similar to XBox or PS bricking. Sure the player could change enough hardware to get past this, but it would be more costly and harder to keep it up.
Instead of trying to detect modified files and code, have the anti-cheats catch the players performing what should be impossible actions.
Cheating is getting out of hand and I understand there may not be a budget to have moderators on every server, however there should be a set few that have a randomized schedule to check out the official servers. A server should not be allowed to be classified as “Official” if there is no admin/moderation on it. The hackers are now in open chat basically stating, “they don’t have any admins on this server, cheats are allowed. If you don’t like it, go to a different server”. Your lack of presence is understood by them to be acceptance. Players are blatantly flying across the skies and raiding 8th floors of buildings straight to loot rooms, zipping across the landscape like the flash, and one-shotting entire raid parties. We have entire groups, on the server I play for example, that admit to cheating, have everyone on their friends list with VAC and game bans, and even threaten in open chat to use their cheats to destroy your base.
I enjoy this game, however sticking around is getting far more difficult with not only the cheating atmosphere but the lack of action on your part. Please, do something soon.