Prior to Wednesday July 18, 2018 Valve’s biggest ban wave saw over 40,000 Steam accounts suffer bans for cheating – which was their biggest ban haul. However, as of last Wednesday, Valve have double that total in a mass purge which saw over 60,000 VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) bans and another 27,000+ game bans too. These numbers were found via Steamdb and show that Valve has decided to take a much harsher stance on cheaters in their games once again.
The total estimated number of bans handed out in the last week comes to over 90,000 however, as Steamdb cannot monitor every single Steam user in a single day, this number is possibly a lot higher. The number is also not indicative of a specific game as the VAC punishments could be for a multitude of Valve games including but definitely not limited to Dota 2, CS:GO, Team Fortress or any of the Call of Duty Games. The reasoning behind this mass-wave of bans is still unclear – it could just be that the VAC system has picked up on a new method of cheating and suddenly cracked down, or Valve themselves have decided to finally pressure cheaters out of their games.
A post on Reddit’s VAC_Porn subreddit was definitely something that gave me the most enjoyment out of this ban wave as a player lost over $30,000 worth of items after his account was hit with a ban. We all have suffered against cheaters and it is always amazing to see these ban-waves occur, I only hope that Valve and other gaming companies too) continue to persevere on this front and rid the gaming community of these banes on our time.