Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Valve Banned 40000 After Steam Summer Sale

Valve Banned 40000 After Steam Summer Sale

On July 6, just one day after the Steam Summer Sale ended, Valve's anti-cheat service (known as VAC) auto detected over 40,000 accounts, and shut them down. It appears that a ton of people were caught up in this as thousands of accounts were just banned.

It's a known fact that people who use cheats and hacks in games like Counter-Strike will always do so on a fresh Steam Account, most of the time using a copy of the game bought on the cheap.

A couple days ago, Valve went through and made a whole bunch of Steam bans. To give an fair idea of this number, the previous record high for account bans was 15,225, which was registered in October past year. So what many banned users end up doing is waiting for a sale to create a new account, and then restock their catalog at a discount.

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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. 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. For comparisons sake, a usual day sees around 3,000 to 4,000 accounts banned.

These users have received a VAC ban, which no longer allows them to connect to the Valve servers.

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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