The concept of “Idling for Drops” has been around since Team Fortress 2 introduced their marketable items many years ago. Idling in CS:GO works in many of the same ways. You can use a sandbox program to run multiple instances of the game, from the same machine at the same time, and connect them to VAC secured servers to earn drops on multiple accounts.
Unlike TF2, you DO NOT have to be present at your computer to receive multiple drops. In CS:GO, you connect to an IDLE server and walk away. EZPZ.
Drops farming is a long term investment, not a short term cash grab. Please remember this or you’re gonna have a bad time.
Idling does still work fine, Sandboxie works as well but currently causes VAC Errors after about 20 minutes. There are some possible workarounds available.
This tutorial will consist of 2 parts: The first part will be installing Sandboxie. The second part will be setting up batch files to launch your idles while not getting VAC errors.
Part 1: Installing Sandboxie
Sandboxie comes in 2 versions: Free and Premium. The free version allows ONLY ONE sandbox to be open at a time. For drops farming, this means that you will only be able to run 2 accounts at once: your main account (unsandboxed) and 1 alt account (sandboxed). The premium version is $23 for 1 year of licensing. This is the version you want if you are going to run multiple IDLE accounts at once.
Install Sandboxie to any drive you wish. Be sure to use one with a good amount of space because sandboxes can get large if left unmanaged.
Allow Sandboxie to give necessary permissions to the list of programs it gives you (Adobe Products, Microsoft Products, etc.) – You will be prompted for this action at the end of Sandboxie’s installation.
Setting up Sandboxes
Open Sandboxie Control
Click ‘Sandbox’ at the top
Create New Sandbox & give it a name (idle2, idle3, etc… keep it simple because we will use this name in our BATCH FILES later)
New sandboxes have the correct settings. Though you can do some customizing of the sandboxes if you want.
Part 2: Creating Batch Files to Launch Each Account
This tutorial is made assuming: your Sandboxie & Steam installs are on C: drive and that you are using a 64 bit Windows.
If not drive C:, adjust accordingly.
If not 64 bit, change any folders in this tutorial labeled solely ”/program files/” to “/program files (x86)/”
This section of the tutorial will guide you through setting up Batch Files to launch each of your Idle Clients. This will save you from manually launching Steam -> Logging in -> Launching CS:GO for every account you have.
Your batch files will consist of the following information:
Link to your Sandboxie’s start.exe file
Elevating Sandboxie Privileges (forcing administrative privilages), Starting it silent (minimized), and Identifying a sandbox to launch the account in.
Launching the correct copy of Steam silently & with low priority (minimized), automatically logging into the correct account, and launching CS:GO.
Forcing CS:GO to run in a pre-defined window with very minimal CPU/GPU resources to maximize the number of accounts you can run at once.
The First Batch File:
Open Notepad on your desktop. Copy the following text into the new Notepad file:
Ensure the PATH to Sandboxie start.exe is correct. Ensure the /box: is set to the correct box for the Idle account you wish to use (match idle2 folder with box idle2, idle3 folder with box idle3, etc…)
Ensure the PATH to Steam.exe is correct. (Again, this will be in the folder of the Idle account you are setting up, NOT your main Steam installation)
Change USERNAME and PASSWORD to the login name and password of the account you are currently setting up.
Now you need to SAVE this SPECIFICALLY as a Batch File. Go to Save As… -> navigate to the folder where you want to save this file that will launch your idle account. Where you type the name you want to save the file as, type: idle2.bat then, save.
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for each additional account you are setting up. Make sure you adjust the paths correctly and place the correct username/password for each one.
Some Final Thoughts
So there you have it. You should be all set to idle multiple accounts. This isn’t the only way to setup multiple accounts, but it’s what I’ve found to work the smoothest with minimal issues and minimal resource usage. Please feel free to comment with any thoughts, ideas, observations, or anything that may help improve the idling community. I am always available to help.
If you are planning on running upwards of 10+ accounts at once and need a server you can count on always being able to connect and get into without being full, please contact me. I will provide legitimate power idlers with a password to a private idle server with enough reserved slots for as many accounts above 10 as they wish to run.