A massive Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) ban wave is sweeping across China’s CS:GO scene with many large inventories being banned.
The player most people were surprised to see on the list was Quan-Qing ‘QZ’ Wu, a former Tyloo player who has had a history of cheating and is the brother of current Tyloo player Hui ‘DD’ Wu.
After being banned, QZ’s account was unbanned but no reason was given for the initial ban and subsequent unbanning.
In addition to QZ, many giant inventories were VAC banned rendering their inventories basically useless. A list of the items and some of the known accounts can be found in this Reddit post.
Those items will stay with those accounts, locked and public so people can see what the VAC banned player lost because of their cheating.
These VAC bans carry an increased weight because China has a government program called social credit.
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Social credit is basically a credit score for social standing. Putting the Orwellian 1984 nature of that kind of program aside, cheating in video games is tied into each person’s social credit score.
That means cheating in CS:GO can directly impact a persons ability to get into college or get a job, a hefty punishment for cheating in a video game but one that hasn’t seemed to deter many Chinese players.