A prevalent problem

Cheating is always one of the biggest problems with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. From the moment when the game goes free in late 2018, it seems that the problem is becoming even worse. The figure for banned CS:GO accounts in 2019 is almost 4 million, which is extremely huge.

Recently, on a well-known CS:GO cheat website, people informed that Valve's Anti-Cheat (VAC) system identified their cheat package. Some people believe that it resulted in the enormous 538k VAC ban wave that happened in May. Take a look at the picture below to get a brief view of this situation:

Statistics for banned CS:GO accounts in May 2019.

SteamDB's statistics show that since the beginning of 2019, 3,907,927 accounts have been suspended by the VAC system. This is the biggest figure we've seen in many years. Valve's decision to make CS:GO free to play in late 2018 could be a reason for this.

How did cheaters react?

Some banned players start going to Reddit, Steam forums and other websites and show their enthusiasm to Valve in an effort to get their accounts back. It's pretty funny, to be honest. The picture below captured the forum post that informs cheaters about their situation. As you can see, the cheat package has been reportedly detected by the VAC system, while also reaching more than 10,000 downloads on this website alone. Seems like at least 10,000 accounts had to face with Valve's judgment.

The moment cheaters knew the fate of their account

CS:GO community never stops complaining about Valve's Anti-Cheat system. They believe that the system is not fully functioning, leaving many cheats undetected. However, with the figure of approximately 4 million banned accounts in 2019 alone, it's safe to say that VAC is still doing its job.

Valve has shown no intention to take some serious actions beyond banning cheat accounts. In fact, many game publishers issued hardware bans, which means cheaters won't have another chance to play their game on the same PC.

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