A Valve Anti-Cheat ban wave has hit close to 5,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 accounts yesterday.
According to vac-ban.com, 4,471 Steam CS: GO and Dota 2 accounts were banned yesterday, after the Valve Anti-Cheat software, commonly known as VAC, was updated to detect new cheats. According to a report on dotesports.com, seven cheat developers making software for Linux and Windows were caught out. It seems like some of the cheats nabbed yesterday were in use successfully for several months or even years.
This was the first VAC ban wave of 2017. According to vac-ban, the last jump in bans handed out by the system was back in Oct. 2016.
When CS: GO and Dota 2 players have their account VAC banned, any skins they might have on the affected accounts become unusable. Some people caught by the system lose thousands of dollars-worth in skins.
While these ban waves are the most eye-catching attempts by Valve to combat cheaters in their games, up to a thousand accounts get banned every day due to the efforts of users who report suspicious things they notice while playing the game and the resulting Overwatch review.
While cheating is a big problem in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, it’s unfortunately one very hard to fight against. It’s not really possible to get ahead of the cheat creators, so the developers are left fighting a losing battle, doomed to try and catch up to the new advances in cheating technology instead of going on the offensive.