Over 40000 Steam accounts banned after Summer Sale

Over 40,000 Steam Accounts Banned by Valve

The day after this year's big Steam Summer Sale wrapped up, Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) auto-detected a whopping 40,411 cheating accounts, according to Steam Database (via Dot Esports). It appears that a ton of people were caught up in this as thousands of accounts were just banned. The big swing took place on July 6-the Summer Sale ended on July 5-and is far and away the biggest single-day ban wave in the history of Steam, almost tripling the previous mark of 15,000 bans that was set on October 12, 2016.

July 5 was the last day of the Steam Summer Sale; Valve wasted no time in cracking down on the cheaters the morning after. Allegedly, players were buying games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 at a discount on new Steam accounts so they could test various cheats. 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.

SteamDB shows that Valve performed 40,434 VAC bans on July 6, which is a pretty major spike when you consider that in the days leading up the purge, the average number of VAC bans per day hovered around 3,000 or 4,000.

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

As noted by Dot Esports, the timing nearly certainly isn't coincidental.

As of now, it remains unclear what else Valve can do to solve the cheating problem on Steam once and for all. That in part is why the Valve Anti-Cheat System was put into place. "If a VAC ban is determined to have been issued incorrectly, it will automatically be removed".

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