VAC banning too much

Jan 23, 2008
Milwaukee, WI
Just thought it was interesting to read that VAC accidentally banned alot of accounts for the cod :mw2 game, they caught their mistake and unbanned people. Valve also threw in a copy of left 4 dead 2 for their inconvience. Thats interesting to me, just thought i would share it.


Senior Member
Nov 27, 2007
St. John's, CA
This is the letter


Recently, your Steam account was erroneously banned from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

This was our mistake, and I apologize for any frustration or angst it may have caused you.

The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game. This wasn't a game-specific mistake. Steam allows us to manage and reverse these erroneous bans (about 12,000 erroneous bans over two weeks).

We have reversed the ban, restoring your access to the game. In addition, we have given you a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to give as a gift on Steam, plus a free copy for yourself if you didn't already own the game.

To share your extra copy of Left 4 Dead 2 with a friend, you can 'Manage Gifts and Guest Passes' from the 'Games' Menu in Steam, or visit this article on the Steam Support site for detailed instructions:

To access your own copy of Left 4 Dead 2, visit your library of games in Steam. If you didn't already own the game, it will now be listed among your others there, and is available for download immediately.

Gabe Newell
President, Valve.
Nice to see they gave them a free copy of L4D2 for their mistake. Even when Valve screws up they handle it better than some other devs.
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Punkbuster caused me to get banned by mistake and I got nothing in return. Not even an apology. Never mind that I couldn`t play the game for a few days on servers enabled with PBBans etc.

Pff, should be called Junkbuster.
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