Despite being out for less than a month, Infinity Ward have already had to ban 50,000 Warzone cheaters as part of their “zero-tolerance” policy towards cheating.
Before the ban-hammer dropped though, it appeared that CoD: Warzone already had a huge cheating problem. The main culprit of which, appears to be part of the game’s PC community. This is likely as a result of Warzone being an add-on to last year’s Modern Warfare which has been out long enough for a variety of hacks and exploits to run riot. As a result some console players have considered opting out of cross-play altogether.
In a recent blog post, Activision outlined their approach, claiming to have been enforcing bans since day one. Continuing, they said “To date, we [have] issued more than 50k bans permabans worldwide.”
That may seem like a fairly large chunk of players, especially in such a short space of time. However as of 20th March, Warzone‘s player base was upwards of 30m, which suggests Activision may have their work cut out for them. Current measures apparently include 24/7 teams to monitor for illicit behaviour such as aimbots, wallhacks, and others. These teams will operate alongside an automated system filtering submissions based on “key data”.
Thankfully, Infinity Ward recognises there is a lot of work to be done. Especially when you consider that the current report system requires you to go to the recent players tab. The currently painstaking process means you may have to trawl through up to 149 recent players from each game. This is one area the devs are looking to streamline though. In addition, Infinity Ward will be providing a “regular count” on the number of bans doled out.
While it may not be an easy path, it’s certainly reassuring that Infinity Ward are so committed to weeding out the cheaters.
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