Getting banned on Steam use to mean having your whole account shut down and all your purchases null & void. I don’t know anyone personally who’s gone through that ordeal and luckily nobody ever will have to in the future.
This is thanks to Valve’s recent policy changes in regards to how they hand out that Thor hammer. According to our sources, bans will now be handed out by the developers themselves.
It works like this: Let’s say someone is caught hacking. You report that player and the devs will monitor that hacker’s activity. If said hacker is caught red handed, then the developers give word to Valve to shut that user down. Once word is given, that user can’t play that game anymore. Here’s the quote from Valve on the upcoming changes to Steam.
“Because nobody likes playing with cheaters.
Playing games should be fun. In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats.
Game developers inform Valve when a disruptive player has been detected in their game, and Valve applies the game ban to the account. The game developer is solely responsible for the decision to apply a game ban. Valve only enforces the game ban as instructed by the game developer.
For more information about a game ban in a specific game, please contact the developer of that game.”
I guess this new system is better than having your entire account banned. We’ll see how it works out. What do you guys think?