Four years have passed since the Trust Factor emerged in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This long timespan regardless, the details as to how its algorithm functions are still unclear for the game’s community. Today, the CS.MONEY Blog is going to try and find out how you can raise your Trust Factor. Let’s roll!
What is the Trust Factor?
The Trust Factor is a sort of behavior rating. It’s a special measurement system developed by Valve whose main task is to show which players are “trustworthy” and which are not. The process is aimed at screening out players in the matchmaking queue. If you’re looking for a match in CS:GO, the game picks up roughly equal opponents not only skill-wise but also from the perspective of the Trust Factor.
By design, the Trust Factor acts as a “shadow-ban” for unscrupulous players like cheaters or toxic teammates. As a consequence, friendly users play friendly users, and toxic players end up with others of their own kind. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It seems to work all right, too.
How can I find out what’s my Trust Factor?
No specific formula for calculating your Trust Factor exists in the public domain. Players believe it’s determined by a whole bunch of parameters, including those not directly pertaining to the game, such as the size of the Steam library or the age of the account. It’s impossible to confirm or disprove those assumptions without Valve involved. We won’t engage in speculation — and we suggest you don’t waste your time on it either.
At best, you can find out your relative Trust Factor level. If you’re playing with other players and one of you has a lower level than others, the game will notify you about this directly. In any event, until Valve reveals the algorithm, there’s no point in trying to determine your Trust Factor.
How do I raise my Trust Factor?
To raise your Trust Factor, you can follow a couple of simple tips. First, getting the Prime Status helps. Prime is a useful thing in itself, and getting it will definitely affect your Trust Factor. Second, avoid getting reported. This task is not quite as easy as getting Prime, but it’s still feasible. Just don’t be toxic and don’t fool around in games where you actually intend to win.
We’ll note the obvious as well: in no case and under no circumstances should you resort to third-party programs for skin replacement or cheats. Sooner or later, you’ll be caught red-handed, and it will not only affect your Trust Factor but may also get you banned. Now that’s certainly a scenario to give a wide berth to.
Another good idea is to play on a regular basis. If you do so, the Trust Factor will be determined more accurately. If you’re a sportsmanlike player, you’ll only benefit from this.
Additionally, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community recommends focusing on some other activities: completing your profile, adding friends on Steam, regularly reviewing Overwatch cases, and things along those lines. We didn’t find any evidence proving that it affects the Trust Factor at all, so it’s up to you to follow this advice or not.
Can I disable the Trust Factor?
No, but yes. The Trust Factor is an integral part of matchmaking queues in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Every time you start a game on a Valve server, you are placed in a pool of players of equal ranking and Trust Factor. No launch commands, programs, or letters to Steam support will let you disable your Trust Factor.
But there’s an alternative option. Instead of playing on Valve’s servers, you can switch to third-party matchmaking. For example, get an account on FACEIT and play there. Nevertheless, this is no panacea. Getting rid of the Trust Factor — for reasons not really clear, since it’s a pretty valid system — won’t help you get rid of bad teammates. So if you’re really that bothered by the Trust Factor, think about switching platforms.
By the way, not only is the Trust Factor impossible to turn off, but it’s also impossible to reset. So make sure you don’t let it drop. Remember: better to keep silent than to get a report as a result of attempting to prove your teammate wrong and buying an AWP when the enemy’s going eco.
Checks & boosts
One of Valve’s key tools in the crusade against dishonest players, the Trust Factor seriously affects the feel of the game. Its algorithm is kept top secret. Therefore, any checks as to what your Trust Factor amounts to or offers to score it are a scam.
Do not fall for it. Do not provide anyone with any details of your account, do not log in via Steam on websites like that, and do not download any applications for boosting or checking. If you haven’t already enabled two-factor authentication in Steam, make sure you do it now!
Trust Factor & skins
Last but not least. Rumor has it, the cost of your inventory, too, affects the Trust Factor. This is most likely false. Then again, there’s no denying that skins and the Trust Factor are somewhat similar: both impact how the game feels. With cool weapon finishes in your loadout, you’ll want to launch the game more often and play even better. And that’s no rumor. We did some research and found out that the level of play and the cost of skins are indeed interrelated. Here, check it out for yourself.
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