Valve has decided to ban Dota 2 players who appear to be abusing bots to boost their MMR scores and get out of the low priority matchmaking queue, sometimes for up to eight years.
Many users have reported that their accounts have been banned, some for a few months while others are reporting bans up to eight years, meaning they are unable to play Dota 2 until 2025.
A number of bans have been handed out to accounts that appear to be using services that promise to get them out of the low priority matchmaking queue. These services will put the account into matches with bots where they can’t lose, this means the account will hit the required win threshold in low priority within minutes.
Players who are toxic in game and are reported by others, or who abandon games, will be placed in a low priority queue, where the have to play the single draft game mode with other players in the low priority queue. This is seen as a punishment, as low priority games are typically toxic and not fun to play in, however if you can escape low priority within minutes by using bots it isn’t much of a punishment.
One banned player contacted the Steam support team who revealed that there is a number of violations that will get accounts banned. Deliberate actions to artificially boost MMR of the account, creating an unfair competitive advantage through third-party programs, circumventing low priority by collusion with other users or bots and buying, selling, or trading accounts with boosted MMR will all get you banned.
Unfortunately for those hoping that this will see any cheaters gone for good, Dota 2 is a free to play game, meaning all people have to do is sign up for a new Steam account and they are good to play Dota once again.