Steam Developers May Now Ban Users

Should a player resort to cheating in a game you make and release to Steam, you now have the power to ban that player from your game. Valve has released this newest ability to developers as of the 29th of April, 2015, and it should be rolling out to all developers by the end of the weekend. This transfers the responsibility of banning users from Valve to the developers of the games, the same people who would be concerned with said cheating in the first place.

According to Steam Database, "Developers can now set game bands on Steam accounts if players cheat in their games." The developer of the game is responsible for setting the ban on a player, and each ban only affects that ONE game in question.

Once a game ban has been set in place, Valve will do the banning. "Valve only enforces the game ban as instructed by the game developer."

Again, this pushes all responsibility for the decisions made to the game developer, and off Valve's shoulders.

This system works with the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system, and in some cases with the game's own anti-cheat system, like Overwatch in CS:GO.

Banning a player from a game does not take the game away from that player. According to Valve, "The developer can only impose restrictions consistent with VAC, such as preventing online play and/or prevent the trading of items for that game."