For the past few weeks, I have been trying to find a new anticheat for
ET. TZAC did a good job for a while, but I think most of us can agree
that it is time to move on.
You may have heard about the new AC being developed by TrackBase.
While it does seem somewhat promising and I wish them the best of luck
with it, we simply cannot afford to wait for a brand new anticheat to be
made from scratch. I was forced to search for an already existing AC
instead, one that would be ready in time for the Fall 2013 season.
Universal Anticheat (UAC) has been in development since 2006 by a coder named
DExUS and currently supports Battlefield 3, Call of Duty 2, Call of
Duty 4, and several other games. It has already proven itself on
ClanBase in CoD2, so I am confident that it will do good things for ET
in the upcoming EC/OC season.
Before I continue, however, I must admit that this is only a temporary solution. DExUS recently announced that he will be shutting down UAC
on the 1st of January due to lack of time and motivation. This is
obviously very unfortunate, but it's not something I didn't already know
about, and it won't stop us from taking advantage of what UAC has to
offer ET for the next 3-4 months.
So, how does UAC work?
Like our previous anticheat, UAC is primarily intended to be used in
official clan matches. It runs on a system which requires a Match ID to
be entered every time it is used.
In ClanBase cup/ladder matches, the Match ID will be the WID at the end of the CB matchlink. (For example, in http://clanbase.ggl.com/warinfo.php?wid=1337,
the match ID is 1337.) If you are playing an IRC war or other
non-official match, the Match ID can be anything unique and mutually
Simply select Enemy Territory, enter a Match ID, and check the box next
to Start scanning. Then, open ET and play the match as usual. You can
minimize at any time to check which players are currently actively
scanning in the same Match ID. UAC will scan your memory/files and take
screenshots at random times throughout the match. After the match is
over, you must uncheck the box next to Start scanning. The scan logs and
screenshots will then be uploaded, and you are free to review them in
the same UAC window.
If UAC happens to take a few screenshots with your personal information
in them, you can immediately delete them while reviewing the screenshots
in your UAC window.
WARNING: UAC scans your PC for cheats. This means that
if you have any cheats at all on your PC, you risk getting banned,
regardless of whether or not the cheats are ET-related and regardless of
whether or not the cheats have been loaded. DExUS has expressed to me
how serious he is about this, stating that he believes there is no
reason for a clean player to have cheats on his PC. So, this is your one
and only warning. Remove any and all cheats on your PC before using
Since the ClanBase website is currently down, I will wait to discuss in
detail how UAC is going to work in ET on CB. We do plan to use it in the
Fall 2013 season as well as in future ladder matches and will explain
more when the time comes.
For now, simply create a UAC account if you haven't already, and try it
out! You will be able to register your ID on ClanBase once the website
is back online, then you'll be allowed to use UAC for official matches.
questions or concerns? Feel free to PM me or leave a comment below, and
I will try my best to make things as clear as possible. For general
help regarding UAC, check out the FAQ. Also, feel free to join #uac.et on IRC!
I will leave you all with a few words from MerlinatoR, regarding UAC and Crossfire:
It's not perfect, but it is better than nothing. It is the best option we have at the moment. Enjoy!