Just a day after Steam's huge Summer Sale ended, over 40,000 accounts were banned by Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC). The previous record high took place on October 12, 2016, and saw only 15,227 accounts banned, a paltry number in comparison.
Nobody likes cheaters, so raise a glass this evening to the VAC team. While Banned Steam users can easily set up a new account, the cost of re-purchasing the lost games would increase pretty fast and that's what the issue in play here.
Over 40,000 Steam accounts have been banned for cheating, marking the biggest ban hammer Valve has swung to date.
Dot Esports reports that an exceedingly large number of bans became apparent on the Steam Database on July 6.
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.
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.
When it comes to Valve, the Steam bans often happen as a result of cheating on some of the most popular games on the platform. Cheaters have been an unrelenting force, especially during the summer, in Dota 2 and even more prominently in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive because of this cheap workaround. When it comes to the Steam bans, nearly $10,000 in weapon skins ended up lost as a result of the bans. For comparisons sake, a usual day sees around 3,000 to 4,000 accounts banned.
Apart from those VAC bans, 4,972 more users were banned.