That is because Valve lifted its mighty VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) ban hammer and with one mighty blow, it obliterated more than 40,000 Steam gamers who had been caught cheating.
The Steam Database shows a big spike in bans based off Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC), which had detected a huge number of accounts at this time. Where, naturally the guise of a sale is a more affordable way to cheat. This is the largest amount of single-day bans from the auto-detection system. Cheaters will of course not use their main accounts so that these will not be banned by Valve. There were over 40,000 Steam bans handed down on July 6, which were all done through Valve. Cheaters have been an unrelenting force, especially during the summer, in Dota 2 and even more prominently in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive because of this cheap workaround.
A further 4,972 accounts were banned as a result of in-game reports, for a total value of lost skins and other digital items of up to $9,580. For comparisons sake, a usual day sees around 3,000 to 4,000 accounts banned. All of these accounts end up banned due to it picking up cheating, and that is a lot of accounts per day on Steam that end up banned.
Have you got any sympathy for those affected by the bans?
The time of the ban and the end of the sale is not o-incidental but intentional, reported Dot Esports.
As of now, it remains unclear what else Valve can do to solve the cheating problem on Steam once and for all. "If a VAC ban is determined to have been issued incorrectly, it will automatically be removed".
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