Valve Anti-Cheat just reached a new record with over 120,000 bans so far this July.
SteamDB.info recorded a massive spike last Thursday where 61,422 accounts receives the ban hammer. As of today, the exact figure is now standing at 121,969. The cause of bans might be attributed to Valve updated its countermeasures on games like Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, Dota 2 and more. Valve Anti-Cheat is an automated system designed to detect cheats installed on users’ computers.
If a player connects to a VAC-enabled server from a computer with cheats installed, the VAC system will ban the player from playing that game on VAC-enabled servers in the future. The VAC system detects cheats using their cheat signatures and scripts. Any third-party modifications to a game designed to give one player an advantage over another is classified as a cheat or hack and will trigger a VAC ban. Modifications made to a game’s core executable files and dynamic link libraries triggers a ban as well.