When I was a teenager, I spent most of my time in the basement playing video games (which is totally unlike what I do toda–er, wait a minute). But one teen-aged Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player is not just playing video games but making them better for everyone else.
A player who goes by the moniker “2Eggs” has developed an AI called HestiaNet that identifies CS:GO cheats in a matter of seconds, with astounding accuracy. Described by The Loadout as being “built by one teenager in his bedroom in a far corner of the United Kingdom” HestiaNet “reviews the footage, analyses the data, gives a verdict, and stores the user’s SteamID in a database.” It’s found over 15,000 CS:GO cheaters, netting 2Eggs over $11,000 for his efforts.
2Eggs isn’t strictly in it for the money, however. As he told Loadout:
“I called it HestiaNet because, as you know, CS:GO is infested with cheaters and the Goddess Hestia has a power of healing as well as power of hearth and fire. I want HestiaNet to heal over the games infestation and to get rid of as many cheaters as possible. To many of us in the community, CS:GO is a home, and Hestia is also the protector of the house.”
Faith in the younger generation: Firmly Restored. For now, at least.