Steam Bans More than 95,000
Steam begans a sudden wave of bans after the 2018 Summer sale; last year Steam banned more than 40,000 users for using cheat methods. We don’t know what happened but the Steam Bans of this year were increased more than 2x; the Steam Anti-Cheat technology (VAC) closed more than 95,000 accounts in the lapse of a entire week.
You can check SteamDB to see that VAC bans went into a crazy frenzynes the last wednesday when more tahn 28,500 of user were punished. Most days, that figure is somewhere between 1000 and 2000. Things peaked the following day, when a massive 61,423 users received bans. As of last Friday, the VAC system had banned 95,812 accounts.
The increase in VAC bans is likely due to new cheat being identified and the subsequent banning of all accounts that use it. VAC monitors many popular games, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, the Call of Duty series, Ark: Survival Evolved, and around 300 others.
As all steam users know and it is explained in Valve’s FAQ, the bans are permanent and cannot be removed by Steam Support, players that were kicked off the Steam needs to open a new account with a different phone number and purchase all the games again.