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Over 40000 Steam accounts banned after Summer Sale

Valve Software

According to Dot Esports, more than 30,000 bans were made by the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system before 4pm BST, going all the way past 40,000 by the end of the day. That's a record high, making the previous October 2016 record of 15,227 look like some dude in his pajamas with a fly swatter compared to a crack team of exterminators.

Cheaters take advantage of promotions such as the Steam Summer Sale to pick up several copies of games at low prices.

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

By setting a record number of bans in a single day, Valve appears to be making a statement that it is ramping up the fight against cheaters on the Steam platform.

What is not as clear is if Valve identified these users as past culprits and issued a large number of re-bans, or if many of them simply did not learn their lesson and proceeded to cheat again, only to get caught a subsequent time. It's no great trick for a banned Steam user to set up a new account, but the cost of re-purchasing lost games can add up pretty quickly. The total value of digital items lost as a result of the ban wave totals about $9,580, according to tracking site Vac-Ban.

The same month, Valve had also come under fire from the Counter-Strike community for not being able to counter Spinbot-hacking technique - which allows a player to be practically invulnerable to attacks from others in the game. The unusual spike can be seen in the Steam Database.

Apart from those VAC bans, 4,972 more users were banned.