A Facepunch Studios forums user claims that he was banned by a Valve Employee for using a SourceMod plugin to activate some console cvars in the game itself (if you don’t know what SourceMod is it’s basically a plugin that’s being used on 99% of Source Engine games, you can do a lot of kinky stuff if you have admin rights and proper plugins…).
Anyway here’s this guy’s post:
I was using the speedhacking exploit with sourcemod on a random TF2 server. This guy http://steamcommunity.com/id/professorfarnsworth/ was there, and someone said “Al, don’t you work for valve? can’t you ban this guy?” and he said “yeah, hold on” and I figured they were just trying to scare me into leaving, and he went in spectate. Then about 5 mins later he came back and said “There, I got him banned, just wait a few mins” and I said “Vac bans take weeks.” and someone else said “I thought they take months?” and then I suddenly was kicked from the server with the VAC popup thing saying that this is a secure server and i’ve been previously banned for acheating infraction.
He was in this server: TheMaCHinE.org – Advanced Teamplay [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][HLStatsX]
Does anyone know if they’re allowed to do this? Will a VAC ban like this not get changed just like other VAC bans?
Before you say that I should have gotten banned, this goes against what VAC is designed to do. VAC checks for a program altering the EXE or core DLL files of the game, and then has a delayed ban. There are not supposed to be manual vac bans, I used to believe.
I used a plugin – sourcemod, to make the client think that it is the server and allow certain cvars to be changed, which allowed me to use speedhacks USING CONSOLE COMMANDS and not a third-party program or DLL. This VAC ban was unfair and should not have happened.
Original thread on Facepunch Studios in here.