40,000 Dota 2 Cheaters Caught Red-Handed

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40,000 Dota 2 Cheaters Caught Red-Handed

40,000 Dota 2 players set foot in a trap laid by Valve

After catching Dota 2 cheaters with a trap disguised as a honeypot, Valve put out a mass ban on 40,000 accounts to bring a tangible improvement in the declining game’s multiplayer experience — especially in Ranked play. 

The unscrupulous tricksters used a third-party software to gain visual access to parts of the map that were supposed to be shrouded in the Fog of War, which put the opponents at a terrible disadvantage. 

Such crimes came to light after several complaints were filed and thousands of reports were issued from users over the course of the past several months. This unending surge of complaints and reports caused Valve to take matters into their own hands.    

After addressing this issue with this recent crackdown ban wave, Valve put their official word out in a blog post, grabbing the attention of the entire Dota 2 community. Here’s an excerpt from the post:

“While the battle against cheaters and cheat developers often takes place in the shadows, we wanted to make this example visible, and use it to make our position clear: If you are running any application that reads data from the Dota client as you're playing games, your account can be permanently banned from playing Dota. This includes professional players, who will be banned from all Valve competitive events.”

Although there have been reports of cheating at the semi-pro level – unrevealed and unspecified by Valve — thankfully, no professional players have been banned as of yet. Despite the initial shock from the news of the ban wave, this action might help restore the faith of enthusiasts and players from all corners of the globe and even have some of them return to the game they love. 

As Valve promises that it will actively ensure fair play by tackling any such issues in the future, it can be hoped that this cleansing drive will keep nastier elements within the community from abusing any illicit exploits for at least the near future. 

40,000 Dota 2 Cheaters Caught Red-Handed
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