Over 60,000 Steam accounts were banned by Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) on Tuesday, July 17, marking the largest VAC wave in the platform’s history. But it was on Wednesday morning that the banhammer really started swinging,, with 28,411 accounts being banned throughout the day.
It looks like the wave of bans has now started to slow down. But don’t think you’re in the clear yet as we’re not entirely sure what caused Valve to crack down on cheaters like this. It’s likely that the system identified a previously unknown cheat and banned all accounts associated with it.
The VAC system watches over a number of games, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, the Call of Duty series, and Ark: Survival Evolved, so there’s a chance you might have run into one of these cheaters at some point in time.
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While it seems like Valve took a considerable time to act on these cheaters – given that they only just got the ban and have probably been operating for a while – the company’s zero-tolerance policy means their ban will never be overturned. Yes, they can go and open a new account, but they’ll need to link it with a different phone number and buy games all over again.
The wave has been perfectly recorded by SteamDB, but if the ever-climbing graph isn’t enough to cheer you up, why not take a look at the subreddit /r/VAC_Porn, which showcases the rather large inventories of newly banned accounts – including one account which had tens of thousands of dollars worth of CS:GO skins.
Goodbye, you won’t be missed.