Steam Game Ban system lets developers Ban Players

Steam Game Ban system lets developers Ban Players

Steam Game Ban system lets developers Ban Players

Steam Game Ban system lets developers Ban Players


Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by developers thanks to Valve's new Game Ban System.

As many of you can guess, keeping up with cheaters and disruptive players is a chore for many developers, while Valve had their VAC Ban system, others do not have the time ore the resources to build or maintain a similar system. Likewise Steam Support does not have the time to police the entire game catalogue, so in order to empower developers and lessen the load on Steam support Valve have created the Game Ban system, which allows developers to be able to police their players through steam, being able to ban disruptive players from their own games for the benefit of the wider gaming community.


Steam Game Ban system lets developers Ban Players  

Here is what Valve had to say about their Game Ban System:


"Because nobody likes playing with cheaters.

Playing games should be fun. In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats.

Game developers inform Valve when a disruptive player has been detected in their game, and Valve applies the game ban to the account. The game developer is solely responsible for the decision to apply a game ban. Valve only enforces the game ban as instructed by the game developer.

For more information about a game ban in a specific game, please contact the developer of that game."


While this change does sound positive, it could also result in negative affects, though this would be limited to only a few developers. It is possible that developers could abuse their new power over their players or or silence known reviewers, though I doubt many developers will act in such an unprofessional manner.

This change will no doubt have a positive affect on many developers, allowing them to clear out cheaters from online games and thus making online gaming much more pleasurable to the many people who never cheat or otherwise ruin the experience for others.


You can join the discussion on the Steam Game Ban System on the OC3D Forums.



Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by developers thanks to Valve's new Game Ban System.http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/software/steam_game_ban_system_lets_developers_ban_players/1

Posted by OC3D on Thursday, 30 April 2015
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Most Recent Comments

30-04-2015, 10:35:19

This is so dumb. IF they want to do this and not get a huge amount of backlash they need to shut down Greenlight otherwise certain developers will ban anyone who badmouths their game.

Especially certain 'developers' who have several issues with social media already.Quote

30-04-2015, 10:53:19

Raw Berserker
Hey I read the forums a lot but this made me want to post. This is a seriously dumb idea. There are a whole lot of developers that act like children, from indie to AAA. Some devs really hate criticism and go straight to blacklisting and all that. If the "banhammer" was an open tool for everyone, they could ban game reviewers they dont like and basically make them lose out on a pay-cheque. If VALVe can monitor the banning in some way, then I suppose it can be used productively to let others have better playing experiences.Quote

30-04-2015, 10:55:52

Steam seems to be making a fair few questionable decisions lately :/Quote

30-04-2015, 11:05:43

This reminds me of the whole thing where YouTube lets cpoyright holder shut down videos and give an infraction to the account of the uploader.

This got abused to death by publishers deleting gameplay videos from YouTube partners so their own trailers and other videos would show up higher in the search results and eventually some smaller gaming channels lost their partnership because of this.

But if I understand it correctly, in this case it will only affect the access to the one game (or all by that publisher) where the person was banned from. Not their entire game library at least... Even though that's barely a good thing compared to how stupid this idea is general.Quote

30-04-2015, 11:11:32

WARNING!! R* will issue BANS to those who use Trainers!!!Quote

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