Valve bans a record 40000 cheaters after the Steam Summer Sale

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. It appears that a ton of people were caught up in this as thousands of accounts were just banned. This looks like it could be the case, since nearly every day after the mass ban, the numbers of people removed from the service has been less than 1,000 a day - normally, it's around 3,000 a day. 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. 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. There were over 40,000 Steam bans handed down on July 6, which were all done through Valve.

That's why Steam strategically banned the users after the sale ended, so they won't have the chance of repurchasing the games at a cheaper price.


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

The question, however, is whether the act to ban over 40,000 accounts in a single day will scare players away from using cheats while playing games on Steam.


This is the biggest ban wave of its kind in Steam's history. All of these accounts end up banned due to it picking up cheating, and that is a lot of accounts per day on Steam that end up banned.

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. VAC bans prohibit accounts from connecting to Valve's servers, which render their in-game purchased skins and items useless.



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