However, devs still need to go through Valve for enforcing the bans.
Valve Software has announced that developers can now use their own systems for banning disruptive players from their games on Steam. If Valve’s anti-cheat solution VAC isn’t working out, then developers can go the extra mile and work with the developer to ban players.
“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.”
So even though developers can ban players for various reasons, primarily cheating, they still have to get the decision approved by Valve. If you’ve been banned by mistake, then you’ll be able to contact the developer and resolve the issue. On that note, Valve can revoke a dev’s access to player banning if the tool is being abused and will also scout out developers before approving them for banning powers.
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