One of the biggest tournaments to date for Call of Duty: Warzone took place on the streaming platform Twitch in the past few days. Numerous teams of professional players and well-known streamers competed in the prestigious Twitch Rivals Event and competed for a total of $ 250,000 in prize money. However, the competition was overshadowed by accusations of cheating – what exactly was going on?
Cheating allegations against streamer team
Of the total of 50 participating teams, 25 were invited directly by Twitch, the second half was able to secure access via a qualification event – including the team consisting of the relatively unknown streamers Metzy_B, kryptic_j0ker and Unifyz.
In a tournament round, the participants must compete against each other in five games in private lobbies, but already after the fourth match the suspicion of fraud against the squad around Metzy_B was confirmed.
The focus was particularly on the following situation that occurred in the fourth round of the tournament:
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What exactly is going on here?
Many viewers think that they recognize an aimot here – and it works as follows: If a cheater presses a defined key (usually the same key that is used for shooting), the crosshair locks onto an enemy player. In the clip, Metzy_B shoots a player who is hiding behind a riot shield and is therefore not recognized by the Aimbot. When another player suddenly jumps into his field of vision, he changes the targeted player unnaturally quickly.
After the fourth round of the tournament, the affected team was removed from the tournament, such as event host Caleb “WavePunk” Simmons communicated to the audience:
“Based on the evidence that has been submitted from various sources inside and outside the tournament [Twitch] found that their gameplay was undoubtedly unnatural. “
So have the players too lost all entitlement to prize money – Even if they had finished last, they would have been guaranteed $ 1,200 in prize money. A possible victory would have even included $ 45,000.
Was it really cheated?
Even if the gameplay clip at first glance clearly looks like a cheat has been used for many viewers, it is so far not yet secured.
To clear his name, Metzy_B turned to the well-known streamer Tommey, who acted as an investigator for Twitch when analyzing the video. With the Teamviewer software, Metzy_B full access to his PCso that Tommey could look there for clues about the use of a cheat. After a good three-hour search, which he also broadcast live, he did nothing found
On Twitter, he now admitted that the evidence for the exclusion was insufficient and apologized for his behavior:
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However, it is still not finally clear whether Metzy_B has cheated or not. He could have simply deleted the software or possibly even used a more unusual solution for his attempt at fraud. For example, there are cheats that can be loaded via a USB boot stick or installed directly in the memory of the mouse – whereby the player claims to use a controller.
In any case, Tommey has now offered to donate all of the income he has generated through his reporting on the tournament to Metzy_B.
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