Yesterday, Valve issued a brand-new wave of permanent matchmaking bans, which was probably their answer to recent events. Everyone who used any form of script that interferes with the game’s code will be able to enjoy an early retirement from Dota 2. Was this move related to the statistic published not too long ago by Gosu.ai, that claimed 12% of all games have some sort of cheater in them.
By now we all know that it’s common practice for Valve to do this cycle of not taking action for a long time and then banning lots of people at once. They’ve recently purchased 1,700 CPUs to create an anti- cheat farm for CS:GO, an additional 1,700 were mentioned as potential for growth, but are they being used to detect hackers in Dota 2? It could be a possibility.
It would be a good idea to implement an equivalent of the CS:GO Overwatch in Dota 2, for those of you who don’t know what that is. It’s basically an equivalent of what used to exist in League of Legends, a sort of a community tribunal where reports are submitted and players themselves get to review and decide if a certain individual is cheating or not.
Investigators on this platform are selected based on several criteria like account age, in-game time spent, performance and so on. This makes for good transparency in the community and is surprisingly efficient, since the number of players is so huge. With Dota 2’s player count being higher than that of CS:GO even more justice will be dispensed. Note that only excessively reported players are subject to Overwatch, so it seems Valve prefer to take things into their own hands with this last wave of restrictions. The only question is, why the bans aren’t on the account as a whole, but just for Dota 2? Are Valve going soft now? The difference between a game ban and a VAC ban is huge. While a game ban will prevent you from participating in that specific title, a VAC ban will restrict your whole account, locking your inventory and not allowing you to trade on the market or play on any server across all of Steam. That’d be more suitable for any person abusing a program don’t you think?