Steam has updated its banning policies, and is now allowing developers to hand out bans themselves.
Previously, developers were not allowed to ban any one from accessing their games on Steam. However, now they can issue a request to Valve by pointing out “disruptive players”. Valve in turn will enforce their wishes by placing a game ban on the specific accounts and hence taking away access from them.
“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,” reads the announcement made over on the Steam Community.
The announcement also made it clear that the sole responsibility for the ban lies on the game developer who makes the request in the first place. Valve is only enforcing their request.
This is important to note because I suspect there will be a long line of threads being made by banned players in the future, cursing out at Valve and Steam for the injustice. This announcement clarifies that all such complains should be then sent to the respective game developer and not Valve/Steam.
It makes sense since Steam houses thousands of games, and it would be impossible for one company to monitor each one of them.