Valve's banhammer hits 40000 accounts after Steam Summer Sale

The bans handed out by the results of Valve Anti Cheat software also known as VAC are not negotiable.    
   Charlie Hall  Polygon

Valve just handed down a ton of Steam bans, which comes only one day after the Steam Summer Sale. The solution would be to wait for a big Steam sale and grab the lost games at a much cheaper price, saving a hell lot of money.

By setting a record number of bans in a single day, Valve appears to be making a statement that it is ramping up the fight against cheaters on the Steam platform. Easily topping the previous record of 15,227 (according to Steam Database) from October 2016.

July 5 was the last day of the Steam Summer Sale; subsequently, Valve cracked down on cheaters the next morning, knowing that they'd want to get their game on another account at a discount. However, they do not seem to take into account that the system simply calculates and slapped a new ban. When it comes to the Steam bans, nearly $10,000 in weapon skins ended up lost as a result of the bans.

SteamDB shows that Valve performed 40,434 VAC bans on July 6, which is a pretty major spike when you consider that in the days leading up the purge, the average number of VAC bans per day hovered around 3,000 or 4,000.

The same month, Valve had also come under fire from the Counter-Strike community for not being able to counter Spinbot-hacking technique - which allows a player to be practically invulnerable to attacks from others in the game. Getting a VAC ban is a permanent thing, and it basically means affected users can only play with other banned users on Steam's servers.

Apart from those VAC bans, 4,972 more users were banned.



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