Steam Bans Over 40000 Accounts After Summer Sale


Which occurred right after the closing moments of the annual Steam Summer Sale on July 6. Or rather a ban.

The day after the big Steam Summer Sale concluded, the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system went into full swing, flagging a ton of accounts. It shows a relatively steady line of around 3,500 bans per day (give or take a thousand on any given day) up until June 6, the day after Steam's Summer Sale came to a conclusion. Valve has something called the Valve Anti-Cheat System in place to catch people who might be trying to cheat the system. VAC bans prohibit accounts from connecting to Valve's servers, which render their in-game purchased skins and items useless.

Another 5,000 in-game bans were meted out on July 6, on top of the VAC bans, and according to, the total value of the CS:GO weapon skins lost as a result of these bans was almost $9,600. Valve declared that, once you are the subject of a ban, the decision is irreversible.

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This looks like it could be the case, since nearly every day after the mass ban, the numbers of people removed from the service has been less than 1,000 a day - normally, it's around 3,000 a day.

When it comes to Valve, the Steam bans often happen as a result of cheating on some of the most popular games on the platform. 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. "If a VAC ban is determined to have been issued incorrectly, it will automatically be removed".