Activision is adopting increasingly aggressive measures to dismantle cheaters. The latest cleaning led to the ban of more than 60 thousand players from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. The publisher is said to be taking tougher measures after that popular YouTubers and streamers said they would be leaving the battle royale. Activision announced on Tuesday that more than 300,000 accounts have been banned for cheating since Warzone launched in March 2020. The Warzone developer also said that the company’s legal teams are targeting distributors of the various codes that allow you to cheat, targeting the problem of Call of Duty cheats on multiple levels.
“We know that cheaters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities and we continue to devote resources 24/7 to identify and combat them, including aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboards hacks, hex editors and any third party software that is used to manipulate game data or memory, ”Activision wrote on its official Call of Duty. The publisher also stated that Raven Software, the studio behind most of the battle royale development, will take over the task of working on the franchise’s “security efforts”. The study will provide monthly updates on their progress in addressing the problem of cheats in Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
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Call of Duty: Warzone had a rampant hacker problem since it was released. Activision had to ban 50,000 accounts in the first five weeks of launch of the game. The publisher has increased anti-cheat measures and implemented a two-step authentication system during the year, even if, given the continuation of the situation, it must have been relatively easy to get around the controls. The Warzone community has begged Activision to do more but the problem, that Infinity Ward described it as an “arms race”, continues to plague the game. Gamers are fed up with Activision’s promises because they’ve seen very few sizes come from one of the largest video game publishers in the world. This time around things are a bit different in that popular YouTuber Vikram “Vik” Barn, which has millions of subscribers, he said he will be leaving Warzone due to the high number of cheaters. Barn says he now has an “open line of communication” with Activision on the issue following its announcement.
“We cross our fingers for some positive change,” he tweeted. Warzone has been hugely successful on platforms like Twitch and YouTube, but it’s not a good sign to see major streamers switch to playing something else. This could be the push Activision needed to invest more resources in the fight against cheaters.