Team Fortress 2 players report Valve has launched a ban wave against aimbots

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Team Fortress 2 received its first major update last year, and then the nearly 17-year-old game immediately broke its record for the most concurrent players. Still, talk to one of these players and you’ll see that all is not well with Valve’s shooter, which is regularly attacked by bots and cheaters.

However, some players are currently reporting a “large ban wave” targeting aimbot users.

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Valve hasn’t announced any novel actions, so all we can do is rely on reports from the community.

One user posted an image of a message he allegedly received from Steam Support. “Our team has noticed that your accounts have been engaged in severely disruptive activity within Team Fortress 2. Accounts intended to disrupt TF2 have been deactivated, and accounts used for other purposes have been blocked and banned,” the message reads.

Another community member claimed to have confirmed this “prominent bot hoster” banned. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the game has fewer bots in online matches than normal.

Some players have also pointed to significant and sudden drops in Team Fortress 2 player counts as evidence of a banwave. However, at the time of writing, the game had steady and significant growth in the number of players.

Players have been begging Valve to take action to tidy up Team Fortress 2 for years, often organizing under the pseudonym #SaveTF2. This isn’t the first wave of bans in recent years either, though previous efforts have seemed short-lived and cheaters have quickly returned to the game. For the sake of those still playing, I hope this time will be different.

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