Valve Apologises Over Wrongful MW2 Bannings

Apologising to approximately 12,000 disgruntled Modern Warfare 2 gamers erroneously flagged as “rocket whores” or “camping sniper bitches” (or whatever we’re calling cheating bastards these days), Valve have doled out free copies of Left 4 Dead 2 to the affected as a sign of their contriteness.

Gabe Newell, Valve President and recent PS3 convert, has commented on the unfortunate use of an over-zealous ban-hammer by stating:


“This was our mistake, and I apologise for any frustration or angst it may have caused you. The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game. This wasn’t a game-specific mistake. Steam allows us to manage and reverse these erroneous bans (about 12,000 erroneous bans over two weeks).

“We have reversed the ban, restoring your access to the game. In addition, we have given you a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 to give as a gift on Steam, plus a free copy for yourself if you didn’t already own the game.”

Gabe went on to then whisper the mantra of “Portal 3 … Portal 3 …” over and over in an attempt to disorientate and bewitch those still pissed at not being able to go online and shoot virtual people while being bombarded with insults from little snots who should know better.

Source: Edge



  1. No no, the PC gaming elite are pure and untouched by swearing or youth

  2. Are we doing PC news now? Did i miss a memo?

    • More news and TSA points right?

  3. I love Gabe, nicest guy in the industry. What other head of company personally responds to mail?

  4. I must have missed something here, what happened? Why did they ban people? From the pc call of duty? Can somebody Please fill me in?

    • Steam banned a load of Modern Warfare 2 players by mistake, on the PC version, Valve apologised and gave everyone a copy of Left 4 Dead 2.

      • What do steam and valve have to do with modern warfare 2? What did they cite as the reasons for banning? Surely it wasn’t for using the grenade launcher as implied in this article?

      • Modern Warfare 2 is available on Steam. The reason they were banned was because there was a glitch in their anti-cheat software (the issue Gabe describes) and people were flagged as cheaters when they actually were not.

  5. No rocket whores or camping sniper bitches at the moment. It’s all about the “AA-12 pussies” or “riot shield wankers” for me.

    • vary rarely use a shield, but when i do it funny as dishing out a melee, after opponent has tried to run away
      hmm maybe that was you

      • Up there with the Caps Lock key, eh? Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

      • Actually, if you’re going to be technical about it, it would be the shift key ;-)

    • no caps/shift on ps3 browser
      btw, sorry isnt a sentance therefore no full stop
      put that in ur pipe & smoke it

      • R2 for CAPS lock, full stop is in clear view on the options list and I’ve typed full sentences on here on my PS3.

  6. Portal 3 lol, we havent even got portal 2 yet

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