This only bans the offender from that specific game of course, and should go a long way in helping studio's clear away some of the outright cheats from their multiplayer community, without using VAC.
"Playing games should be fun,” said the overlord of Steam. “In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats.”
“Game developers inform Valve when a disruptive player has been detected in their game, and Valve applies the game ban to the account,” they explained. “The game developer is solely responsible for the decision to apply a game ban. Valve only enforces the game ban as instructed by the game developer.”
This should hopefully be a step forward for Valve and PC gamers, and not like that rather embarrassingwith paid-for-mods, which the company admit they fumbled in implementing as a system. They also take an outrageous 75% cut...