The most recent Valve Summer Sale came with more than just new games. For some cheating users, it also came with a ban as now, more than 40,000 Steam accounts have been banned and can no longer use their purchases.
Valve is known for having an automatic anti-cheat detection system (VAC), and a very strict one at that. Reports show that the VAC system usually bans or suspends some 3,500 accounts every day, on average. The last major suspensions session, which set a record at its time, occurred in October 2016. At the time, Valve shut down the accounts of 15,227 players.
The 40,000 Banned Steam Accounts Set an Unenviable Record
According to a third party tool, the Steam Database, July 05 marked the shutting down of some estimated 40,411 Steam accounts. The VAC ban prohibits the suspended accounts from connecting to the Valve servers. Basically, this renders the in-game purchases such as items and skins, useless.
The decision to ban an account on the Valve digital distribution platform and service is said to be permanent and non-negotiable. Nonetheless, the Valve Support page does note that, in case an account has been incorrectly flagged, the decision can be reversed.
Besides the July 05 Steam accounts bans, a further almost 5,000 accounts were suspended on July 06. This new session came as the result of in-game reports from other players. These accounts got suspended due to their reportedly abusive in-game behavior.
Following these two days of massive suspensions and shutdowns, things reportedly settled down to their usual, median numbers.
Valve launched the first banning immediately after the end of its annual Summer Sale. Presumably, it decided on this so that the banned players cannot take advantage of the reduced prices and simply restore their lost possessions at a smaller cost.
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