With the next Dota 2 ranked season kicking off, Valve didn’t just talk about matchmaking in their latest blog post. Many players out there will be happy to know that Valve is dishing out Dota 2 ban waves. It is all to get rid of not only those bad apples but also those who purchase accounts and those who are using exploits.
This has been a long time coming and it looks like Valve is really putting their foot down, with Dota 2 bans already being issues to those with low behaviour scores and anyone detected of violating the Steam Service Agreement, specifically, those who purchase or sell accounts. Furthermore, Valve has banned those players that they have detected using exploits to gain an advantage over other players.
Valve explains the Dota 2 ban waves in a recent blog post, stating that:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#1ced45″ class=”” size=”20″] The first ban wave is to players with exceptionally low behavior scores. We will continue to do regular ban waves for users who fall into this small percentage of the community. Users that reach this low level of behaviour in the game are too big of a tax on the rest of the community and are not wanted.
The second case where users will be banned today is for anyone detected of violating the Steam Service Agreement that prevents the purchase or sale of Steam accounts. Buying accounts to get a higher or lower rank is not allowed and causes negative side effects for the play experience of others. This doesn’t catch all account sales that happen, but we think we have caught enough to take some action. We are also banning players who’ve been detected using exploits to gain an advantage over other players. [/perfectpullquote]
This isn’t just a once-off thing either, as Valve plans to continue with the Dota 2 ban waves, to the point where they want to issue these ban waves once a week. It is no doubt a big step up from what we’ve seen from the developer in the past and hopefully, they can clean up the game, or at least make it better.
Valve explains their plan for the upcoming Dota 2 ban waves, stating that:
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#e7ed1c” class=”” size=”20″]In the coming weeks, we will be refining the detection algorithms for these abusive behaviors and will begin issuing weekly bans that will go into effect without advance notice to violating accounts. Accounts that we ban will now also have the associated phone number permanently blacklisted from being able to have access to ranked matchmaking.[/perfectpullquote]
This is exactly what the game needs and it looks like Valve will be throwing their mighty banhammer hard at toxic Dota 2 players that ruin the experience for everyone else.
What do you think about Valve’s plan for the Dota 2 ban waves and what does your behaviour score look like? Let us know in the comment section below.