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Valve VAC banned a record number of accounts in December 2018

Published: 2/Jan/2019 14:47 Updated: 2/Jan/2019 14:56

by Matt Porter

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Statistics for December 2018 show that Valve have banned a record number of accounts for having cheats installed on their systems to be used in some of Steam’s most popular games.

Valve’s Anti-Cheat System, commonly known as VAC, is an automated system created by Valve that detects cheats installed on players’ computers, such as aimbots or x-ray vision. If a user connects to a VAC-Secured server with cheats installed on their system, they will be banned from playing the game.

VAC is used across multiple Valve titles, including games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2 and legendary shooter Team Fortress 2.

VAC bans are most commonly associated with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

It seems that the system was working overtime during December, with over 500,000 Steam accounts issued with VAC bans over the course of the month, setting a new record for bans in a one month period.

Before December, the record for most VAC bans in a month was set in July 2018, when 193,000 bans were handed out.

Interestingly, it appears that the amount of game bans this month sat just slightly higher than VAC bans, with just 700,000 game bans compared to April 2018 which saw 1.6 million.

SteamDBA graph showing total and VAC bans since the system was introduced.

While VAC bans are most strongly associated with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it’s unlikely that all of these bans are linked to the title, with a large chunk perhaps attributed to DOTA 2, TF2 and other games that use the VAC system.

Valve are yet to comment on what caused so many accounts to get banned in December, but many CS:GO fans believe that it’s probably connected to the game becoming free-to-play, as it may encourage people to use cheats, safe in the knowledge that they won’t have to pay to play the game again.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.