Steam Bans Over 40000 Accounts

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The VAC system, which normally hands out a staggering 3,000 to 4,000 bans per day saw the number hit a new records as 40,411 accounts were banned by the close of July 6. 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.

The accounts were caught by the Valve Anti-Cheat system, and the bans were recorded by the Steam Database.

"VAC bans are permanent, non-negotiable, and can not be removed by Steam Support", Valve writes.

Nobody likes cheaters, so raise a glass this evening to the VAC team.

Once banned, users lose the ability to connect to Valve's servers, which means that any in-game purchase they made will no longer be useful. That's just one possibility, and it's unlikely that Valve is going make any statement about this massive wave of bans.

Game-hackers often take advantage of sales to buy up cheap copies of games, such as Counter Strike: GO and Dota 2, on multiple accounts. Additionally, 4,972 accounts got banned due to in-game reports and this brought the total value of lost skins and other digital items to a $9,580, as pointed out in a report by Kotaku.

The time of the ban and the end of the sale is not o-incidental but intentional, reported Dot Esports.

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".



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