Steam Goes On A Banning Rampage, Blocks 40000 Cheating Accounts

  • Steam Goes On A Banning Rampage, Blocks 40000 Cheating Accounts

Steam Goes On A Banning Rampage, Blocks 40000 Cheating Accounts

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. That is nearly three times more than the previous "record" of 15 thousand lei for one day, issued October 12, 2016. Often times, during the Steam sales, people who are looking to cheat the system will use the sales to get the games for much cheaper.

Although normally Valve bans a few thousand accounts on Steam every day for cheating, the magnitude of the ban is unprecedented. Cheaters will of course not use their main accounts so that these will not be banned by Valve. It's no great trick for a banned Steam user to set up a new account, but the cost of re-purchasing lost games can add up pretty quickly. That seems to be the going line of thought among would-be cheaters in games like Counter-Strike, who risk losing access to games and even their accounts if they get caught.

A further 4,972 accounts were banned as a result of in-game reports, for a total value of lost skins and other digital items of up to $9,580.

To put these numbers into perspective, VAC bans about 3,000 to 4,000 accounts on an average day. This happened on June 6, when other players reported the cheaters in-game.

The information comes by way of Steam Database (via Dot Esports).

As of now, it remains unclear what else Valve can do to solve the cheating problem on Steam once and for all. But, doing so appears to have unintended side effects of turning these lazy and unruly users into big targets for a ban.