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Valve bans over 40 000 Steam accounts

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Steam DB, an independent database tracker, reports that Valve banned over 40 000 Steam accounts the day after the Steam Summer Sale ended. This makes it the biggest collective ban in Steam history.

On July 6, the platform reports a staggering 40 445 VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat system) bans and 5008 game bans. If you look at the graphs, then the usual number peaks at around 3 000 bans on average, so to say the jump is massive is a big understatement.

The only explanation for the hike can be that people stocked up on games through the Steam Summer Sale, then well, cheated when playing. I wish we knew the statistics for which games raked in the most cheaters, but my guess would be that games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would be at the top of the list.

According to, the previous VAC ban that saw a few thousand was in October 2016 with 15 227 bans. Valve takes cheating very seriously and VAC bans cannot be reversed. "The VAC system reliably detects cheats using their cheat signatures. Any third-party modifications to a game designed to give one player an advantage over another is classified as a cheat or hack and will trigger a VAC ban. This includes modifications to a game's core executable files and dynamic link libraries."

Nicely done Valve!

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