Recently the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) has banned more than 40,000 accounts that have been involved in behaviour that is a direct violation by the company’s rules. All this transpired under the guise of personal computing apparently by young gamers engulfed by their passion for Counter Strike. This ban is not new, having been enforced before in 2016 however the figures have almost tripled from 15,227 players to 40,411 players.
A consequence of the ban is that all these players have lost access to their games, items as well as their entire accounts. Banning about 3500 users on an average day is nothing new to Valve’s VAC system. However, on 6th of July, this process of enforcing the ban was initiated. This was done after the very culmination of Valve’s annual summer sale to ensure that no undue liberties are afforded to anyone as a result of the event’s discounted rates on games intended for personal computing.
However, this is hardly the end of it. Almost 5000 (4972 to be exact) have been banned from their accounts as a result of their violent in-game tactics. The VAC ban disallows the said accounts from connecting to Valve’s servers thereby completely rendering their in-game purchases and skins redundant. Moreover, the VAC Ban website, that has been monitoring the entire series of events has estimated that these cheating individuals have collectively forfeited $9,580 of real world money’s worth as a result of their fraudulent computing activities.
This amounts to a serious degree of speculation amongst gamers and computer whizzes regarding the code of conduct implemented by the Valve Anti-Cheat system. They are still eligible to play the games (namely Counter Strike) for which the VAC has them however they can only do so on insecure servers. These servers are not reliable for the sharing and transmission of in-game data and as such are not prudent to be used for the purpose of personal computing.
An important way of ensuring that one’s actions don’t warrant a VAC ban is to examine the machine you are using. If the computer or laptop that you are using to connect to Steam has cheats installed in it, there is a high chance that you will be banned by the VAC. Cheats can be installed in your machine by you or a third party, mainly a hacker. Therefore, when registering yourself for a Steam account, verify your phone number and email address. This way, if any changes are to be made to your Steam account credentials and consequently to your computer, your email or phone number will be needed for authentication.
VAC bans are also different from Server bans. A ban from VAC will disallow you the facility to play on secured servers across all of the Steam. This will be done specifically if a gamer violates Valve’s rules and regulations regarding personal computing. A server ban, on the other hand, can be enforced by an administrator who is running a server at their own discretion or some other third party tool (such as Punkbuster). Server bans are a more common occurrence in a large number of community servers.