Some CSGO Game Bans Are Converting To VAC Bans

Hi Gamers,

It appears that this Halloween 2018, several Game Bans issued on the Steam accounts of CSGO players have been converted to Valve Anti Cheat (VAC) bans.

CSGO Competitive Extreme, the largest video repository of Silver Rank competitive content in the world, has been tracking game bans actively since June 2017. Since then, we have made a lot of friends and successfully identified several hundred cheaters in the process of playing the game.

I am pleased to announce that in my current repository of 437 competitive matches, five players who have previously been identified as having been game banned are now listed as VAC banned.

To speculate, this could be the result of VACnet, the newest iteration of VAC which uses machine learning to positively identify cheating players. VACnet bans originate as “game bans” to make them indistinguishable from Overwatch (human-invoked) bans, but convert later on into VAC bans, which have always been automatically activated.

For your interest, I have identified the players as having an updated VAC ban below. Their player names can be revealed by watching the videos linked and checking the description.

Player Game Ban Appeared VAC Ban Appeared
Player 1 May 28, 2018 October 31, 2018
Player 2 Approximately July 18, 2018 October 31, 2018
Player 3 June 30, 2018 October 31, 2018
Player 4 June 6, 2018 October 31, 2018
Player 5 July 16, 2018 October 31, 2018
Player 6 October 29, 2018 November 1, 2018

Taking the data together, it’s interesting to note that these players have all been banned in 2018, in the middle to late months of the year. I have little doubt more will be banned, but the question will be how large (or short) the ban turnaround will be… stay tuned for the next article!