RichardV Sep 3, 2013 @ 12:43pm
Fake player bots on the rise again?
So instead of picking a server from my favourites today I thought I would try and find a standard stock server to play on. To my disgust all 4 servers I picked had bots disguised as players using an elaborate scheme.

These bots had the following:
--Real Avatar
--Real Ping
--Some used cosmetics/Unlockable weapons
--Their names were also included in the steam trade menu, "Trade on server"

This led me to conlcude this was something I have not encountered before.

Typing "status" in the console listed all suspected bots with ping and STEAM ID

This surprised me so I investegated further copying the steam ID and using a steam id converter to in fact conclude it was bot players.


Sample bot disguised as a real player
STEAM_0:1:67062400
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198094390529

These bots are easy to miss without some attention paid to them.

Dead giveaways:

--Medics jump up and down in the same spot, spining while doing so
--Medic will instant heal once called for
--Engies will want to build something in spawn, move in a pattern, watch other engie do the same pattern

To my knowledge Valve cracked down on these type of servers a while back issuing letters of warning and a removal from the master server list if failing to comply. It seems like they are back in force. Maybe its bad luck I picked 4 crap server in a row but they had proper tags such as, stock, rotation, registered. Some even had no ads which was lie. Just for the record none of the servers used Pinion but some other motd advertisment.

You can report a suspected server by pressing F7 then select the server option.

Feel free to contribute your thoughts on this issue.
Last edited by RichardV; Sep 3, 2013 @ 6:21pm
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[FaZin' It] EarthCrash (banned) Sep 3, 2013 @ 12:51pm 
Pinion LOVES to do this by the way...
piruk00es-Do Not Disturb, Exams Sep 3, 2013 @ 12:58pm 
How does pinion run the server?
RichardV Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:03pm 
I will state it again there were no Pinion motd adv, it was another motd but that could be disguised too. It was a black background and a trailer video, nothing else really.
[FaZin' It] EarthCrash (banned) Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:04pm 
Originally posted by RichardV:
I will state it again there were no Pinion motd adv, it was another motd but that could be disguised too. It was a black background and a trailer video, nothing else really.
Sorry the only thing I fail to do was read the last sentence....
No More Heroes like to have their bots go to Spectate to THINK there are more players playing...
RichardV Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:13pm 
I know some of the bigger clans like Lotus faked players. But since the Valve crackdown they have stopped that and dont hide bots anymore. The servers I played on today were not big clan servers.
[snipars]wat. ᶜʰᵉᵉˢᵉ Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:41pm 
this is ridiculous, IMO.
Mortalmaster12 *Sick again* Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:44pm 
Ok this is Creepy.
الإسلام هو الصحيح Sep 3, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
ive been noticing this every day now...
Gentlefish Sep 3, 2013 @ 5:26pm 
Yes! There are other witnesses! I've seen this happen too! I think it was a Lotus server, but I don't remember. It was 2fort and almost all of them were bots. Took my friend a while to figure it out, but telltale signs like scouts running into the same sentry more times than humanly possible and people being twitchy/walking backwards randomly/locking on to people before they were visible confirmed it.
Moneymaker Mike Sep 3, 2013 @ 5:27pm 
this has been happening on NO HEROES servers for a while now and needs to ♥♥♥♥ing stop.
RichardV Sep 3, 2013 @ 5:49pm 
Yeah its complete ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ to be honest. I have no idea how they are actully getting multiple bots with real steam accounts playing the game.
♥Arokhantos™♥ Sep 3, 2013 @ 5:52pm 
tf2 turning into world of warcraft bot fest valve plz dont be like blizzard they ignore it i known valve can deal with it quite easy.
rosie1 Sep 3, 2013 @ 6:08pm 
gray manns robots are invading TF2?
RichardV Sep 3, 2013 @ 6:20pm 
You can report a suspected server by pressing F7 then select the server option.
CaptainMajesty Sep 3, 2013 @ 6:22pm 
Does anyone else think that these bots have the potential to circumvent the recent anti idle updates? The sample bot listed by OP has its own items. If someone can give a few of these premium accounts, they could increase their own drop rate.
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