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Valve Now Allowing Banned Players Access to Games

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Apparently, Valve had quietly implemented an account policy to allow banned players to access their games months ago.

Valve’s apparently updated its account policies to allow banned players to access their games. Previously, users who had been banned from their Steam account were locked out from playing their games, bringing up complaints about Steam’s DRM.

Valve’s change in policy was quietly implemented, according to a recent forum post by Steam forums Volunteer Moderator Heffebaycay, about two months ago. Heffebaycay’s response spawned out of a thread regarding EA’s recent policy change also allowing banned players to access their game.

Under the new policy, banned Steam members no longer have their accounts disabled but now have “account locking” set, meaning that while they’re able to access their games, they will be unable to buy games, redeem codes, or trade items.

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    hoofhearted , April 25, 2012 6:33 PM
    Or create a virtual prison where they can only play with other banned players.
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    hoofhearted , April 25, 2012 6:31 PM
    Why not just ban them from multiplayer (assuming they were banned for cheating)?
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    ndiancobra , April 25, 2012 6:50 PM
    I think it is a reasonable thing to do. You purchased a license for the game and should be given access to it. However, I think most gamers these days are only interested in the online multiplayer. The bottom line is that online multiplayer cheating is rampant and the vast majority of those steam bans were deserved.
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  • 27 Hide
    hoofhearted , April 25, 2012 6:31 PM
    Why not just ban them from multiplayer (assuming they were banned for cheating)?
  • 36 Hide
    hoofhearted , April 25, 2012 6:33 PM
    Or create a virtual prison where they can only play with other banned players.
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    ndiancobra , April 25, 2012 6:50 PM
    I think it is a reasonable thing to do. You purchased a license for the game and should be given access to it. However, I think most gamers these days are only interested in the online multiplayer. The bottom line is that online multiplayer cheating is rampant and the vast majority of those steam bans were deserved.
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    godfather666 , April 25, 2012 6:52 PM
    Why were they banned?
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    zeppelin101 , April 25, 2012 6:54 PM
    hoofhearted: this is not a VAC (valve anti cheating) ban they're talking about. This is the type of ban Valve used to institute on people who did something like a chargeback on their credit card. Essentially, they would disable people's accounts.
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    zeppelin101 , April 25, 2012 6:59 PM
    This is me making an assumption - I did not read the thread on the forums. The thing is - Valve had never banned people from playing the games they were banned from - just their multiplayer component. This usually would go 'per-engine'. So if you got banned in Counter-Strike: Source, you would not be able to play DoD: Source, and probably TF2 (even though it uses a way newer version of the engine), but you could play on non-VAC servers, as well as a single player Source game like HL2.
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    MxM , April 25, 2012 7:07 PM
    ndiancobraI think it is a reasonable thing to do. You purchased a license for the game and should be given access to it. However, I think most gamers these days are only interested in the online multiplayer. The bottom line is that online multiplayer cheating is rampant and the vast majority of those steam bans were deserved.


    You have not seen statistics then. Huge majority of the gamers are single player with only occasional multiplayer experience.
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    vittau , April 25, 2012 7:08 PM
    zeppelin101This is me making an assumption - I did not read the thread on the forums. The thing is - Valve had never banned people from playing the games they were banned from - just their multiplayer component. This usually would go 'per-engine'. So if you got banned in Counter-Strike: Source, you would not be able to play DoD: Source, and probably TF2 (even though it uses a way newer version of the engine), but you could play on non-VAC servers, as well as a single player Source game like HL2.
    Yeah that's how I think it goes, at least for accounts banned due to cheating.

    Maybe this policy change is related to other kinds of bans, such as those caused by fraudulent payment, sharing/buying/selling accounts, using the account for phishing, etc...
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    gm0n3y , April 25, 2012 7:18 PM
    hoofheartedWhy not just ban them from multiplayer (assuming they were banned for cheating)?

    This.

    The whole point is to stop people from cheating. Why restrict their access to single player games? It must be more complicated than we think.
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    zeppelin101 , April 25, 2012 7:20 PM
    gm0n3yThis.The whole point is to stop people from cheating. Why restrict their access to single player games? It must be more complicated than we think.


    Ehh, it's not always fraudulent. I don't know all the specifics, but there have been times when something unforeseen happens regarding payment and people's accounts have been disabled - with no recourse for appeal.
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    ubercake , April 25, 2012 7:25 PM
    Allowing the banned players in multiplayer will eventually turn off many people to the games and they just won't buy them any longer. This is the only response the non-cheating non-banned player has in their bag of tricks.

    Stop buying/using Valve products and let the cheaters have at it.
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    slicedtoad , April 25, 2012 7:37 PM
    This article is lacking one serious piece of info; what type of banning are they talking about? I'll assume it's banning for fraudulent practices as it wouldn't make sense to loose access to your games for cheating in mp.

    But really, this article was not written right.
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    Darkerson , April 25, 2012 8:36 PM
    Should have been this way from the start. Unless you were stealing or doing other fraudulent things, having your whole account disabled and losing access to all the games you bought was extremely harsh. (not talking about VAC bans, if you cheat, then you shouldnt have any access to multi-player)

    I cant believe Im saying this, but something positive came about from Origin implementing this several months back.
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    Wamphryi , April 25, 2012 9:20 PM
    Maybe this will help shed some light on the question of why.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/modern-warfare-2-cheating-steam,9173.html
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    jcurry23 , April 25, 2012 9:55 PM
    WTF, they were banned for a reason. I might as well give them my ss and bank account information and save them the trouble.
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    jcurry23 , April 25, 2012 9:56 PM
    oh they probably already have!!
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    WOLF359 , April 26, 2012 12:58 AM
    ndiancobraI think it is a reasonable thing to do. You purchased a license for the game and should be given access to it. However, I think most gamers these days are only interested in the online multiplayer. The bottom line is that online multiplayer cheating is rampant and the vast majority of those steam bans were deserved.

    lol, like a penal colony?
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    Christopher1 , April 26, 2012 1:05 AM
    hoofheartedWhy not just ban them from multiplayer (assuming they were banned for cheating)?


    Good question, to be blunt. Frankly, I believe there should be two sets of servers: one where cheating is allowed specifically and one where it is specifically banned.
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    the_crippler , April 26, 2012 1:23 AM
    MxMYou have not seen statistics then. Huge majority of the gamers are single player with only occasional multiplayer experience.


    Yeah - MP types are really just a vocal minority.
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2012 2:20 AM
    See what happens when you "rent" your games? You have to rely on some other company to play your games. You gave up certain rights when you opted for convienance. Quit complaining now.
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