40000 cheaters banned from Steam

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In an unprecedented manner, Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system is said have banned 40,411 Steam accounts on July 6, just a day after the conclusion of Steam Summer Sale. The figure was a record high, significantly surpassing the previous record of 15,227 bans that took place on October 12, 2016, according to the Steam Database. Valve takes cheating very seriously, and considering this enormous spike in bans, it makes you wonder how many accounts will be banned after next year's Summer Sale.

Although normally Valve bans a few thousand accounts on Steam every day for cheating, the magnitude of the ban is unprecedented.

Nobody likes cheaters, so raise a glass this evening to the VAC team. Most of the bans came from cheaters playing CS: GO, while cheaters can always just create another account, they will lose their rank, progress, items and the game in its entirety.




A third party tool is responsible with recording the number of bans issued every day on Steam. "VAC" stands for "Valve Anti-Cheat" - essentially, VAC is Valve's in-house method of detecting cheats installed on machines that are accessing its servers. Valve seemed to have caught on to the tricks these scammers have been using, especially since 40,000 is the most bans that have happened in one day on Steam. Cheaters have been an unrelenting force, especially during the summer, in Dota 2 and even more prominently in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive because of this cheap workaround. The total value of digital items lost as a result of the ban wave totals about $9,580, according to tracking site Vac-Ban.

The time of the ban and the end of the sale is not o-incidental but intentional, reported Dot Esports. But, doing so appears to have unintended side effects of turning these lazy and unruly users into big targets for a ban.

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