- 2Eggs tried to cover up a VAC ban that he received on 2nd May which has led to a huge controversy within the CS:GO community.
- The failed cover-up has led to 2Eggs being called out for multiple things including doctored emails, false messages, a supposedly fake swatting incident and more.
- The 19-year-old has deleted both his Twitter and Telegram accounts while making a public apology via his official Steam ID.
The creator of HestiaNet Anti-Cheat and a member of the CS:GO community who was quite popular on Twitter, 2Eggs (real name withheld due to privacy concerns) has been at the center of controversy ever since receiving a VAC ban, that he tried to cover up by making multiple excuses, which were called out by the community.
The Failed Cover-Up
After receiving a VAC ban on 2nd May, 2Eggs attempted to cover it up, initially by stating that it was an overwatch ban given to him for griefing. Ryan "Ryan" Friend, owner of CS:GO website Rush B Media stated in a Tweet that the ban was applied because 2Eggs was intentionally trying to derank from Global to Silver.
Two days after having received the VAC ban, 2Eggs said that it was given to him by mistake due to another program which was running in the background, that interfered with CS:GO. He went on to mention that the incident had been reported to Valve, and they will be looking into the situation.
On 6th May (four days after being banned), he reconfirmed that there were no problems and that he was in talks with both Ido Magal and Gabe Newell from Valve. A day later he sent a screenshot of an email to prominent CS:GO community member and Twitter personality Nors3, with whom he was working on a project, stating that the reason for the VAC ban was a debugging software running in the background. This email turned out to be fake.
A Valve employee Ido Magal who used his Twitter account for the first time in ten years provided a screenshot of the original email, which had been sent to 2Eggs upon his inquiry into the matter.
This turned out to be the breaking point, as the truth had been exposed. The community lashed out at 2Eggs for lying and forging documents, but the hate was not entirely centered around him covering his VAC ban, but for multiple things that had led up to this point.
The Downfall of 2Eggs
Prominent CS:GO community members came forward and gave their two cents on the situation. Some provided their personal opinions on the matter while others exposed a thing or two more about the 19-year-old.
But all in all, 2Eggs did a lot more than just cover up his VAC ban. According to a Tweet by Ryan, “He faked emails, he faked messages, he over-stated things that happened and based off of second-hand information, I don’t even think he was ever SWAT’d - it was just another lie to distract from his past and to gain sympathy.”
Fake Emails and Messages
2Eggs doctored the original email he received from Valve and sent it to Nors3, with whom he states to have had a “really good friendship.” The two were working on a project together and according to Nors3, he is still owed 555 Euros ($602), stating that “I started doubting him only days ago. Feels pretty bad at this moment."
On 2nd May, 2Eggs started getting called out by the CS:GO hacker community with one Twitter user who goes by the name of ‘noob dog’ stating that “his (2Eggs') ‘anti-cheat’ is actually someone else’s GitHub repo which has been edited.”
On 4th May, 2Eggs made a Tweet in which he had announced that he had been a victim of ‘Swatting’, saying things like “I could’ve been shot today.” But now the community feels that this was all just made up in an attempt to gain sympathy in order to change the focus from his VAC ban. AFK Gaming is unable to verify whether or not 2Eggs' claims about being swatted are true.
Second-Hand Information and Insecurities
2Eggs gained popularity in November last year after winning $11,250 via HackerOne (a platform for hacker-powered security that leverages the global hacker community to help companies identify and resolve potential vulnerabilities) from Valve after he reported critical bugs. Shortly after he built the HestiaNet anti-cheat system.
But the problem started when 2Eggs tweeted information around the news surrounding the Team Fortress and CS:GO source code leak in April. He was quoted as the source by many outlets despite the fact that his information was mostly second-hand. When a number of his predictions around the leak turned out to be false, people started to doubt his credibility and raised serious questions about his work.
He began blocking accounts of people who called him out, and the now after he has been called out for being VAC banned and attempting to cover it up, he has deleted both his Twitter and Telegram accounts and removed everything on social media attached to him.
2 Eggs' Makes A Public Apology
After deleting all of his social media accounts, 2Eggs made an apology via his Steam account, where he expressed his anger against Valve, explained why he covered up his VAC ban and apologized to both Nors3 and Valve. He listed out a few things he has done for the community, and stated that “I will probably not come back into the CS:GO community after what has happened today so please don’t bother me.”
In conclusion, he hoped that his apology would be accepted and announced that “The HestiaNet project has come to an end as a result of this as well.”
Though the famous Twitter personality Don Haci was one of the very few who spoke in support of the 19-year-old saying that he wasn't a bad person. However, even he was critical of the fact that 2Eggs was wrong to cover-up his VAC ban. There were claims of 2Eggs being a scammer as well, but those have been refuted as false.