In the month of December alone, Steam has banned over 609,373 Steam accounts after the game went free-to-play.
Few days ago, Nors3 posted on Twitter that 20,535,709 unique players have played the game in December, that’s double the amount of players the game ever recorded in the previous month. The massive VAC bans were also reported by Nors3 and he said that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive could be the main culprit, due to the fact that the game went free-to-play and also received the Danger Zone battle royale mode in the month of December. It is blatantly obvious that cheaters are taking advantage of the game since there won’t be any monetary losses should Steam decided to wave the ban hammer on them for cheating.
Valve Anti-Cheat is an automated system designed to detect cheats installed on users’ computers. If a user connects to a VAC-Secured server from a computer with identifiable cheats or hacks installed, the VAC system will ban the user from playing that game on VAC-Secured servers.