Prior to the latest VAC update, LMAOBOX was the most prolific Team Fortress 2 cheat program around but not any more as Valve finally cracks down on hackers.

As of the 30th of April LMAOBOX’s source code has been added to the VAC detection code, signalling the end for the popular aimbotting hack. For over five years the program allowed Team Fortress 2 users to use an undetectable aimbot and projectile predictions, an instant sniper headshot option and a auto-airblast feature for the Pyro.

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably been unfairly killed by someone using LMAOBOX – but no more:

“If a user connects to a VAC-Secured server from a computer with identifiable cheats installed, the VAC system will ban the user from playing that game on VAC-Secured servers in the future.”

A VAC ban is permanent and can never be lifted, so say goodbye to that unusual flaming captains hat.

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The addition of LMAOBOX to the Valve anti-cheat detection list has resulted in the largest ban wave across VAC history, with over 3000 account bans.

Bans were issued to all players and accounts found to have used the program up to a year ago, however some users are claiming the ban was only issued to those who had recently used LMAOBOX within the past few weeks. Amongst those banned was more than 160 players from the UGC.

One platinum player from the UGC has come out about his usage of the cheating program, outlying his reasoning for hacking during competition.

“Back in S17, flare showed me LMAOBOX on his private server, and, this kind of piqued my interest. Something to make you good really quick? Sounds good,” Vlad posts,

“I got more and more cocky in using [LMAOBOX] on a non alt, and then started messing around in pubs for a bit. I used it in s17, because I was really not as good at that point. I wanted to be good, and that was the best way to do it.”

The Valve-promoted league was only a player-run organization but still, showcasing the amount of cheating at this level will be hard to come back from for the UGC.

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To say that LMAOBOX is gone for good is impossible. VAC may have scored an enormous hit to the users and program but all code can be rewritten. It may only be a matter of time before LMAOBOX finds its way back onto the Team Fortress 2 scene.

Cheating will always exist but it is nice to know that Valve is adapting and taking a stand against those who do. In the meantime, the LMAOBOX forums are alight with speculation, rage and desperation.

With the Team Fortress 2 competitive mode coming out and competition in the form of Overwatch and Battleborn – it was important to crack down on cheating programs, even if it meant losing over 3,000 players in one day.