Valve Are Working on an Auto-Mute feature for Toxic Players

Valve are one of the most well-known video game developers of all time. Every gamer will no doubt have played a Valve title in their time (and if they haven't they damn well should have). Their highest rated games come in the form of Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal and most notably, Counter Strike. They are also responsible for the Steam software, in which most PC gamers will find them on a daily basis either loading up games, or searching the store for those sweet deals.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most played games around the world. Millions of gamers play it on a daily basis, and hundreds of thousands watch it either as a live-steam or as a YouTube video. It's fair to say it has one of the largest, most loyal following of any game on the market, ever. CS:GO also boasts a healthy Esports community, with millions tuning in to watch several major events throughout the year to watch their favourite teams compete for huge amounts of prize money.

On the flip side, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most toxic games I have ever come across. Players are so intent on winning that they are comfortable enough to take to the mic and use profanities they wouldn't utter in front of their mother, to tell you how bad you are at CS:GO. The levels of trolling and toxicity in this game are up there with the worst games and in all honesty it can be a little off-putting. Valve cleary realise this though, and have announced that they are working on an in-game feature that will auto-mute abusive players. The system is based on an algorithm that analyses how often a player is being reported for abusive play/verbal behaviour, and will start auto-muting players. The feature will rely on players reporting others who they deem offensive, which shouldn't be an issue as most players will gladly report someone to shut them up!

This is a feature which will be welcomed by 95% of the Counter Strike community, but also the rest of the gaming world. There's nothing worse than having a toxic player shout at you in any game, especially when they're just as guilty for making mistakes as you. I'm sure you'd all agree with me that this feature would be brilliant if added to a number of other games including Overwatch, Fortnite, Apex Legends...any multiplayer game in honesty!