Valve Simply Does Not Care Which Porn Sites You Visit, Gabe Newell Explains

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Valve Simply Does Not Care Which Porn Sites You Visit, Gabe Newell Explains

Gabe Newell
Yesterday a rumor surfaced that came as quite a surprise, rumor claimed that Valve’s Anti Cheat system was collecting your browser history, a lot of people feared that Valve was spying on them.

Valve’s Gabe Newell felt that this situation needed to be addressed right away and it should be made crystal clear that company is not getting anyone’s browser history and that the company does not care what porn sites you visit.

Gabe claimed that VAC was doing its job and that it was not collecting the players’ browser history. Despite Valve’s policy of not talking about VAC, Gabe made an exception and shed some light on how it works.

VAC checked for the presence of these cheats. If they were detected VAC then checked to see which cheat DRM server was being contacted. This second check was done by looking for a partial match to those (non-web) cheat DRM servers in the DNS cache.

If found, then hashes of the matching DNS entries were sent to the VAC servers. The match was double checked on our servers and then that client was marked for a future ban. Less than a tenth of one percent of clients triggered the second check. 570 cheaters are being banned as a result.

Gabe concluded with saying that VAC is so good and effective and that hackers will desperately try to attack people’s trust in Valve and its Anti-Cheat system in order to benefit from it, and they are definitely not interested in the browser history of any of the users and Valve is not using its market success to go evil.