In an anti-cheat update issued by Activision on the 12th of April, the giant publisher has revealed the scale of cheating in COD’s own Battle Royal game, Warzone. The company revealed that since launch, over 475,000 permabans have now been issued on the game. The statement also confirmed that Activision are not shying away from issuing hardware bans for “repeat or serial” Warzon offenders.
“Some have asked if we issue hardware bans. We do issue hardware bans against repeat, or serial, cheaters. This is an important part of our effort to combat repeat offenders.”
A hardware ban goes beyond blocking access to the game from a specific game. Utilising bans in this way does nothing to prevent the little rascals from simply creating a new account and jumping back on the horse. It’s a free-to-play game, after all. This practice is nothing new at Activision HQ, and has been a point of contention among players for some time.
“”Removing cheaters and taking away their ability to move to alternate accounts is a key focus for the security teams,”
Warzone Cheaters Beware
Activision also note a numer of adiditonal measure they are taking to further prevent the prevalence of cheating in the game. These include;
- Utilizing 2-factor authentication to make it harder to access new accounts simply to cheat
- Ramping-up additional resources to support our security and enforcement teams
- Increased frequency of high-volume banwaves in addition to our daily banning of repeat offending accounts
- Improving regular communications and updates
But Activision want to go even further to ensure the Warzone experience remains cheater free. The recently banned 45,000 fraudulent, black market accounts in an effort to end the commercialisation of the practice.
It’s fair to say that Warzone has been plagued with cheaters since the very start. This is particularly true for PC players, where modding is a lot easier than on console. Unfortunately the update includes no mention of permabanning “no-scoping” though, so that 1st place spot is still looking a little out of reach, cheaters or no.
Source; Activision Blog