Valve gives Steam developers control of the banhammer

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has made it easier for developers with games on Steam to ban players. Under a newly deployed system, developers have the full authority to ban players, ultimately taking the burden off Steam. The new system gives developers oversight and responsibility to ban cheating or disruptive players as they see fit.

This also means that any player appeals of bans will have to be directed at the people who make the game and not Steam/Valve.

Here's more from the Steam community announcement:

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Pro CS:Go Players Get Banned For Match Fixing, Five Get Reinstated After Investigation

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve Software has banned a new batch of professional players accused of betting against themselves. At first, the number of professional Counter-Strike Global Offensive players banned was quite high but Valve later reinstated five of them after their investigation seemed to vindicate multiple players. The accusation from Valve is that all of these players engaged in match fixing and betting on themselves to earn real world money.

Obviously this is an illegal act for pro players so Valve banned the following players who supposedly engaged in the activity:

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Valve Bans 'Counter-Strike' Pros For Match Fixing

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has banned a number of high profile professional Counter-Strike players who were caught match-fixing, according to this Eurogamer report. The maker of Counter-Strike punished multiple high-profile players profited from a recent Cevo Season 5 match between teams iBUYPOWER and NetCodeGuides.com.

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Sledgehammer Games Handing Out Bans For 'Reverse Boosting' in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

January 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sledgehammer Games is banning players who deliberately kill themselves to "reverse boost" their levels in multiplayer sessions of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, according to this Eurogamer report.

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Report: Several Counter-Strike: Go Pro Players Banned for Cheating

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Redbull report highlighting some tips and tricks to spot cheating in Counter-Strike: Go, several pro players have been banned for cheating and have been kicked out of this weekend's Dreamhack Winter tournament.

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Report: Activision Using DMCA Takedowns on 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' Cheat and Glitch Videos

November 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Ars Technica report, Activision is using DMCA takedowns on YouTube videos that tell players how to use glitches and exploits in its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Over the weekend video network Machinima sent out a tweet warning other YouTube video makers that Activision was cracking down on videos that highlighted possible ways to cheat in Advanced Warfare:

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'Hearthstone' and 'World of Warcraft' Bot Maker Halts Operations

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Blizzard announced its intention to start banning bot users in its popular collectible card battle game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Thousands of account were banned for using bots, but it also had an effect on one bot maker - Crawlerbots. The company's Hearthstone and World of Warcraft programs are no longer available for purchase, and its website now consists of one simple and short statement.

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Blizzard Bans 'Several Thousand' Hearthstone Players

October 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard announced that it has banned "several thousand" Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft players who allegedly used bots to cheat in the popular collectible card game. Blizzard says that a number of players have been using illicit 'bot' software to play the game endlessly in the background, allowing them to hit the daily gold cap and in turn make it easier to level up with minimal effort. It took the company until this week to deal with the issue of cheating.

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Infinite Ammo Exploit Spotted in 'Destiny

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The videos below suggest that there's a cheat being used in Bungie's freshly released online game Destiny that gives players greasy enough to use it the ability to have unlimited ammo. The exploit allows the user to shoot indefinitely without the need to reload or pick up more ammo.

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'Diablo III' Community Uncovers Experience Exploit

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While details on the exact nature of a new Diablo III exploit (thanks Blue's News) uncovered by players and already being investigated by the developer is unknown at this time, there are some concerns within the community that the problem will receive a hotfix without offering any kind of punitive action against players who are gleefully exploiting it.

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EA Cracking Down on 'FIFA 15' Cheaters

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new open letter to the FIFA community, EA Sports revealed the new actions it will take against those involved in FIFA Ultimate Team scams involving in-game currency in FIFA 15. EA Sports has vowed that it will crack down on those using bots to farm Ultimate Team coins, and those engaged in the buying and selling of those virtual coins on third-party websites.

FIFA Ultimate Team currency can be earned in-game by playing matches and trading players, but you can't buy them and EA does not sell coins to gamers.

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PSA: Call of Duty: Ghost Gets Title Update

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest title update for the console version of Activision and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Ghost offers "overall anti-cheat improvements" to the game alongside general fixes to known bugs. The title update improves the game's spawning system, a 60-second match timer fix, and general balancing for the game's Extinction mode.

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Riot Kills Off 'League of Legends' Public Chat Rooms

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Riot Games announced that the public chat rooms related to its ultra-popular MOBA game League of Legends have been shut down, and while they plan on brining something back to take their place at some point, the space was so awful that the developer felt it had to do something about it.

The channels, which have been a bastion for spammers, scammers, cheaters, and generally uncivilized behavior, only offered players one option to deal with unruly characters: the "ignore button."

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EA Looking Into Possible 'False' Bans in Battlefield 3

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Oops. It looks like some Battlefield 3 players may have been banned by accident due anti-cheat multiplayer software Punkbuster. EA issued a very brief statement about the subject today:

"We are investigating an issue of Punkbuster bans that were incorrectly applied to some of our players. Please understand that our game advisors are not able to access or overturn Punkbuster bans, but we're working with our partners at Even Balance to get this resolved as quickly as possible."

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DreamHack 'Hearthstone' Tournament Winner Accused of Cheating

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The winner of Monday's DreamHack Hearthstone tournament has been accused of cheating by the community - even though organizers have reviewed the situation and given both participants a "pass," and the loser of the event says that the winner beat him fair and square. The trouble revolves around the winner, Radu 'RDU' Dima, who apparently received Battle.net messages from friends while the finals were taking place. Dima eventually bested Team Liquid's Jason 'Amaz' Chan by 3-0 to take home a $10,000 prize pot.

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Blizzard Sues 'Starcraft 2' Cheat Makers

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Blizzard Entertainment is suing the makers of the Starcraft II "ValiantChaos MapHack" cheat, according to this TorrentFreak report. Blizzard is suing the makers of the cheat program for copyright infringement, and for ruining the Starcraft II gaming experience for legitimate online players. In the complaint filed at a federal court in California, Blizzard said in its complaint that the cheat ruins the fun for other players.

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Report: Cheat Providers Rake in Millions of Dollars a Year

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Companies that provide the tools to cheat in the most popular online games are raking in millions of dollars a year, according to this extensive PC Gamer report. Companies that make and sell hacks for cheaters in online multiplayer games like Counter Strike and Battlefield are making millions of dollars annually from paying customers.

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Banned Titanfall Players Can Still Play Online... With Other Cheaters

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn's website for Titanfall introduces a new section explaining what happens to players who are flagged as cheaters. According to the information on the site, if you are flagged as a cheater, you will be banned from normal servers and corralled into a special "cheater's only" category that limits your online play to matchmaking with your own kind.

On the question of "what happens" when you get banned, Respawn offers the following answer:

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Respawn Keeping Track of Titanfall Cheaters, First Round of Bans Coming 'Soon'

March 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As is usually the case with new, popular, and multiplayer-focused games, cheating is a problem that has to be dealt with as swiftly as possible, and that is just what Respawn is doing with Titanfall. Respawn said that it is keeping track of those players who are cheating and will root them all out shortly. Titanfall launched on Xbox One and PC on Tuesday.

The developer announced via Twitter that it was keeping track of anyone using aimbots to boost their kill counts and has plans to ban them soon.

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Gabe Newell Explains How Valve's Anti-Cheat System Works

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Reddit thread raising concerns over how Valve's anti-cheat system (or VAC) works caught the eye of Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who took the unusual step of posting a detailed response explaining how it all works and why Valve's system must access data sometimes to identify and ban suspected cheaters. Newell addressed head-on concerns in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sub-Reddit that Valve was spying on players' internet usage.

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Watch Your Back, Cheaters: Rockstar Promises Bans for GTA Online Money Cheaters

January 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Games said that those individuals who are using money cheats in Grand Theft Auto Online can expect a swift and unmerciful ban. In a new blog post the company said that those who have used exploits and cheats to secure mountains of illegally-gained funds better watch out. They called the large influx of cash from cheating "game-breaking" and "disruptive to the overall experience."

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Latest GTA V Update Deals With Cheats and Exploits

January 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar has released Grand Theft Auto V title update 1.09, which deals specifically with cheating and exploits in its popular crime caper game for various platforms. According to a very brief update on the Rockstar support website, the update offers "improved anti-cheat measures" and a "fix for several GTA$ and RP exploits."

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New Research Explores Why Some Players Cheat and Troll in Online Games

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New research published in the journal Behaviour & Information Technology explores what drives players of online games to engage in bad behavior such as cheating. A study of the habits of people who play online games shows that anonymous users are more likely to cheat, but their behavior is (usually) significantly tempered by the culture and dynamics of the group of players they associate with, suggesting that other forms of online ‘bad behavior’ – such as flaming and trolling – can be modified by the attitudes and behaviors of other group members.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Hotfix Kills 'God Mode' and 'Invisibility' Hacks

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision has released a Call of Duty Ghost hotfix for all platforms that deals with several serious issues that have been plaguing the game's online community for awhile. The hotfix addresses various hacks including "invisibility" and "god mode" being used in multiplayer.

Activision has also released the first update for the Xbox One version of the game, including general performance and stability fixes.

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Report: Current-Gen Call of Duty: Ghost Pirated, Hacked

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty: Ghost, the latest in Activision's best-selling military-themed shooter series, releases today, but current generation versions of the game have been hacked, according to this Polygon report.

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Major Fighting Game Tournaments Add New Rule on Player Collusion

July 31, 2013 -

Several major fighting game tournament organizers have decided to standardize rules about player collusion. According to a Shoryuken report, any form of collusion between competitors is now considered cheating and tournament directors who catch any competitor "intentionally underperforming" will disqualify them "immediately."

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Sony's Bid for Greatness Campaign Marred By Accusations of Cheating

July 18, 2013 -

A PSN account holder allegedly used ill-gotten PlayStation 3 and Vita trophies to bid on items in Sony's Bid for Greatness campaign. The campaign gives PSN users a chance to bid on one-of-a-kind props originally used by actors in the "Greatness Awaits" PlayStation 4 trailer that was shown during E3 2013 in a special auction.

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More Diablo III Players Banned for Cheating

June 27, 2013 -

Blizzard Entertainment has banned more Diablo III players, but did not disclose just how many accounts had been banned, precisely when the bans were issued, or if they were permanent or temporary. In a blog post today the company revealed the bans and why they occurred.

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World of Warcraft Accounts Hacked, Auction House Taken Offline

June 25, 2013 -

Blizzard seems to be having a hell of a time with its online auction houses lately.

Last month, a Diablo III patch introduced a gold-duplicating bug that forced the developer to take the game's auction house offline until it could fix the bug and audit players' accounts.

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Dota 2 Player Gets Lifetime for Betting Against Team

June 17, 2013 -

Dota 2 network StarLadder TV has issued a ban for a player that allegedly bet on his team losing. The ban was issued after a "suspiciously horrible performance" made that player a winner of the bet but not the match.

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Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.themarysue.com/joss-whedon-deleted-twitter-account/ he seems to be tired off all the crap on twitter.05/04/2015 - 4:55pm
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Goth_SkunkAFAIK, no one knows. It's all just speculation at this point.05/04/2015 - 4:50pm
Andrew EisenThat depends. Why did he shut it down?05/04/2015 - 4:48pm
Goth_SkunkNot sure if it's something this site would be interested in reporting, but Joss Whedon shut down his twitter account today.05/04/2015 - 4:46pm
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Goth_SkunkI also noticed yesterday a concerted effort by this community to refrain from cursing. Is there a new rule? Or was that just coincidental?05/04/2015 - 4:41pm
Andrew EisenIt's certainly tacky but not to the point I feel it merits deletion or a ban warning.05/04/2015 - 4:38pm
Goth_Skunk@AE: Re: deletion of IanC's comment, you should probably extend that same courtesy towards Conster's comment about GG trolls pretending to be looters in Baltimore, too. Though to be fair, IanC's comment was deleted before I had a chance to read it.05/04/2015 - 4:35pm
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Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k its not gamming related, but this past weeks lastweek tonight is a must see.05/04/2015 - 3:39pm
Andrew EisenAlso, how are they trying to paint Sommers in a bad light? Far as I can see, all it says is she's "a professor and critic of contemporary feminism."05/04/2015 - 2:19pm
Andrew EisenIanC - I assume you're referring to Kotaku's report on the bomb threat. What comments are being censored? Any evidence? Not saying it didn't happen. I certainly censored yours, and for damn good reason.05/04/2015 - 2:18pm
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IanCOh and GG has not been "dormant" its just that this site can't be bothered to report it. Im surprised they even reported the bomb threat. Threats against both sides are wrong, regardless of who is doing it.05/04/2015 - 1:44pm
IanCOh and Conster thats just sick. I like how its "i hate this group, lets pretend that they are doing something even worse". Thats just wrong.05/04/2015 - 1:41pm
IanCKotaku have been censoring comments on that article. They also tried to paint Christina Sommers in a bad light, just because she isn't the type of feminist that they agree with.05/04/2015 - 1:39pm
E. Zachary KnightConster, I think that might be a little uncalled for.05/04/2015 - 10:20am
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