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Don't cheat! But if you do, you still get your games.

Not to be outdone by a certain EA-owned competitor, the good folks behind Steam (you may know them as Valve) have updated their terms of service so that players who have been banned can still access the games they purchased using the Steam store.

As pointed out in Valve's forums by user and volunteer moderator heffebaycay, the company changed their policy towards cheaters a couple of months ago, so that banned players now experience "account locking" rather than full-fledged banning. That means full access to games, but no buying games, trading items, gifting things, or CD-key activation is allowed. In a detailed support message, Valve support lets us know all you've got to do is prove that it's you running the account to get all your stuff back.

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The difference between Origin's and Steam's policy now is that EA only lets you access single player games in offline mode. Steam still gives you full access to your games if I understand correctly. Full account bans that occurred on Steam and Origin were too harsh, especially due to arguments with moderators on message boards.

Edit: Disabled Steam accounts are not necessarily due to cheating. Vac bans do not disable your Steam account, but Vac bans disable you from playing multiplayer on Vac enabled servers. Steam account bans are usually due to credit card fraud, payment problems, scamming, and hijacked Steam accounts.
Edited by Riou - 4/26/12 at 2:37am
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still think bans should just apply to the game that you where caught cheating on, but eh that's just me.
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still think bans should just apply to the game that you where caught cheating on, but eh that's just me.

I think its quite a good idea locking cheaters out of their account entirely as they did before. Really discourages cheating with the huge risk of losing all your stuff.
    
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Kind of on the fence. I think cheaters should be heavily punished but shouldn't be completely blocked from ALL their games. Maybe I'd side with Origin's idea (first time for everything rolleyes.gif ) and lock all their games to single player only
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still think bans should just apply to the game that you where caught cheating on, but eh that's just me.

I think its quite a good idea locking cheaters out of their account entirely as they did before. Really discourages cheating with the huge risk of losing all your stuff.

i just don't like the idea of being out all that money, over something foolish considering most companies now are considering changing the fov a bannable offense (looks directly at ME3 and origin with that one)
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I think that if you were to get caught cheating on a game, you should only lose your copy of the game you were cheating on, meaning you would have to buy the game again to play it
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nah, they should just ban you from multiplayer game if you cheat, thats it.
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I think that if you were to get caught cheating on a game, you should only lose your copy of the game you were cheating on, meaning you would have to buy the game again to play it

then they will start banning people and make up stories
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Need to define cheating very well, otherwise people may get banned for silly things like skins, hud modifications, etc. A means of repealing bans by contacting support staff would ensure people don't get frustrated with poor automated systems or moderator decisions.
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Need to define cheating very well, otherwise people may get banned for silly things like skins, hud modifications, etc. A means of repealing bans by contacting support staff would ensure people don't get frustrated with poor automated systems or moderator decisions.

You can appeal those bans and Valve will usually respond in a favorable way.
   
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