Valve Enacts Another Ban Wave Targeting Overplus Users

Author: Kalyan Ganguli


Published at: 10 Feb 2024

Valve’s recent announcement regarding the implementation of a new cheat detection system has sent shockwaves through the Dota 2 community, with players rejoicing at the crackdown on cheating and hacking in the game.

Valve’s Crackdown on Cheating and Hacking
In response to mounting concerns from the community about the proliferation of third-party cheating apps like Overplus, Valve took decisive action by rolling out an enhanced cheat detection system. This system, deployed a few weeks ago, has since led to automated ban waves targeting cheaters and hackers.

The Overplus application, known for providing users with unfair advantages by revealing enemy player details before the drafting phase, has been a particular target of Valve’s crackdown. With this information, players could strategically ban or counter-pick heroes, skewing the game’s balance in their favor.

Valve’s blog post on February 9th announced the implementation of the new cheat detection system, emphasizing the significant reduction of cheaters in Dota 2 games as a result of the automated ban waves. This move has been widely welcomed by the community, which has long urged Valve to take decisive action against cheating.

Positive Reactions from the Dota 2 Community
The response from the Dota 2 community to Valve’s crackdown has been overwhelmingly positive. Streamer Aliwi “w33” Omar, known for highlighting cheating issues, expressed his satisfaction with Valve’s efforts, foreseeing a more enjoyable pub experience with the removal of Overplus.

Reddit users celebrated the ban wave, sharing screenshots from the Overplus Discord chat showing outrage among cheaters. Dota 2 statistician Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen also documented the banning of pros and former pros on the first day of the automated ban wave.

Notable Cases and Controversies
Interestingly, even high-profile players like Yaroslav “Limitless” Parshin, who recently reached 12K MMR, found themselves caught in the ban wave. Limitless, previously embroiled in a match-fixing scandal in 2022, faced controversy once again, highlighting the widespread nature of the issue.

However, despite Valve’s efforts, some cheaters remain undeterred. Reports surfaced of players using notorious Russian cheats claiming their accounts remained unaffected by the ban wave, indicating the challenges in completely eradicating cheating from the game.

Looking Ahead
While Valve’s actions mark a significant step towards combating cheating and hacking in Dota 2, the issue remains multifaceted, with more revelations likely to emerge in the coming weeks. AFK Gaming’s investigation aims to delve deeper into the rampant cheating and hacking problem, shedding light on the extent of the issue beyond the surface.