Valve Permanently Bans Over 40,000 Dota 2 Cheat Accounts


Valve has banned over 40,000 Dota 2 cheaters in the past few weeks. Dota 2 is one of the most popular free games on Steam and attracts a huge number of players every day. The statistics simply imply that the game has a large number of cheaters participating in matches despite the best anti-cheat solutions being applied.

In a recent blog post, Valve said that it had banned accounts that were found to be using third-party software to cheat in its MOBA game over the past few weeks. According to Valve, the software accessed information that was used internally by the Dota client and was not visible during normal gameplay, giving cheaters an unfair advantage. The Steam boss says they have now fixed the underlying issues that led to these cheats and removed the “bad guys” from the active Dota player base.


Valve discovered these cheaters by creating a “honeypot” (a piece of data within the game client) that should never be read during normal gameplay, but cheat programs can read this honeypot. Valve explains: “Each banned account is read from this ‘secret’ area in the client, which gives us a lot of confidence that any ban is well deserved.”

Valve wants to use this incident as an example to warn cheaters and affected cheat software developers and make a very clear message: “If you are running an application that reads Dota client data while playing, your account may be permanently locked.” Dota. This also applies to professional players, who will be excluded from all Valve Esports events.”

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