Valve puts the banning power in developers’ hands

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Cheaters suck – and those who hack games and ruin the online experiences for other people deserve to have their accounts banned for all perpetuity. In the past, Valve’s been in control of banning those who play the wrong sort of silly buggers in Steam games online. It’s not a particularly efficient system.

I don’t imagine that Valve’s employees have the time to sit through complaints, checking who’s been naughty before handing out bans – so they’ve now opened the option up to game developers.

Valve’s new policy put the power right in the hands of developers, as they say in their page on game bans.

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.

On the one hand, that does likely mean fewer cheating idiots in the games you love to play online. On the other, it is something that’s potentially open for abuse. Left a negative user review on a game? Enjoy that ban, buddy! Overzealous, power-hungry moderators and admins can be found anywhere – and it’s likely at least one or two people will be banned from games as a result of a power trip.

Still, there’s a simple rule in online games that I wish more people would stick to – and it’s one that easily applies to life in general: Don’t be a dick.

Last Updated: April 30, 2015

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