Call of Duty: Call of Duty Warzone bans 50,000 players for cheating
Activision’s battle royale game Call of Duty Warzone has banned 50,000 players for cheating, as per a blog post. The game has been a massive hit, with 30 million players joining it in less than a fortnight. But as it happened with PUBG and Fortnite, the cheating issue has surfaced here too, mostly on PC. Game developer Infinity Ward tweeted regarding the cheating, saying that cheaters were not welcome in Call of Duty Warzone.
In the blog post, Activision says: “We take all forms of cheating very seriously, maintaining a level and fair playing field for everyone is among our highest priorities. We have been enforcing account bans since Day 1 of Warzone’s release. To date, we issued more than 50,000 permabans worldwide.”
Some of the methods that the game publisher is employing against cheating are 24/7 monitoring “to investigate data and identify potential infractions”, identifying use of possible cheats and hacks, streamlining the game UI and improving ways to report cheating in the game etc.
Last year, PUBG Corp had banned around 30,000 accounts accused of using a third-party program called Radar Hack cheat that allowed users to view other players’ location via a second screen or mobile app redirected through a VPN server. The ban list also included some of the professional PUBG players across the platform. This new anti-cheat measure was implemented by the developer alongside the release of Vikendi snow-themed map.
Another battle royale hit Fortnite had also banned over 1200 accounts from the Fortnite World Cup 2019. The various reasons as to why Epic Games banned these accounts include “circumventing region locks and playing in multiple regions through the course of the tournament”, “account sharing for 14 days”, “for teaming”, “using cheat software during the Semi Finals” etc.
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