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News video games 08 January 2019, 15:25

author: Adrian Werner

Valve gives record number of bans in December, mainly in CS:GO

Valve had a very busy December. Last month, more than 609 thousand bans were given, which is a record in the history of the VAC system.

Valve gives record number of bans in December, mainly in CS:GO - picture #1
The majority of more than half a million bans were given to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players.
  1. Developer: Valve Software
  2. Publisher: Valve Corporation
  3. Genre: FPS
  4. Platforms: PC, X360, PS3
  5. Date of release: 21 August 2012.

The Christmas atmosphere did not make Valve more forgiving about the player's misconduct. It turns out that last month, as many as 609,373 bans were awarded in their games that use the anti-cheater VAC system. Such a result is an absolute record in the history of Valve. The scale is best illustrated by the fact that in November, there were about 100 thousand bans.

Most of the penalties were caused by the use of cheats in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The sudden surge in the number of bans coincides with the transition of this game to a free-to-play model, which took place at the beginning of December.

Valve gives record number of bans in December, mainly in CS:GO - picture #2
Danger Zone mode, inspired by battle royale games, was also added in December.

The fact that the game is free of charge means that punishment for cheating is less painful. In addition, the transition to the F2P model has generally increased the popularity of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to Steam Charts, the December record was 733,000 people playing at the same time. In November it was 564 thousand, and in December 2017 – 598 thousand. Moreover, last month more than 20.5 million people played CS: GO, which is twice as many as in November.

As you may remember, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released in August 2012 on the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 3. Only the PC edition has been developed for a longer time.

  1. CS: GO official website
  2. Our Guide to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.