40000 cheaters banned from Steam

Laverne Mann
July 12, 2017

The usual single-day ban count from Valve's automated anti-cheating system hits around 3,000- 4,000 accounts, so what made July 6th so special? It appears that a ton of people were caught up in this as thousands of accounts were just banned.

This effectively means the cheaters have lost the money they spent during the sale, and the games they bought, adding insult to injury. The record setting number of bans is almost triple the number of the previous record set on October 12, 2016, when Valve swung its ban hammer on 15,000 users.

The day after the sale concluded, a record 40,445 Steam accounts received a VAC (Valve anti-cheat) ban for cheating, according to data from SteamDB. There were over 40,000 Steam bans handed down on July 6, which were all done through Valve. Then they create multiple accounts in order to test which hacks are discovered by VAC, minimizing losses.

This is the biggest ban wave of its kind in Steam's history.

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In addition to VAC, in-game player reports were the cause for another 5,000-ish bans.

For a lot of people, the Steam bans or possible bans are not worth the hassle in terms of cheating, because the Steam bans often times are permanent.

As of now, it remains unclear what else Valve can do to solve the cheating problem on Steam once and for all.

Last year, Valve was threatened with legal consequences by the Washington State's Gambling Commission (USA) if they didn't put an end to skin trading within the game, which is also "a large, unregulated black market for gambling". "If a VAC ban is determined to have been issued incorrectly, it will automatically be removed".

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