The Call of Duty franchise has been one of the best-selling video game series for decades. Currently run by Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the traditional online multiplayer, campaign and zombie combo, and Call of Duty: Warzone, the massive battle royale. While both games continue to do what makes Call of Duty so popular, they have also suffered an onslaught of cheaters. Today, Activision and the Call of Dut team
In Call of Duty and Warzone, in particular, cheaters will take advantage of illicit third-party software and exploits discovered in-game to gain unfair advantage over other players. It has been a growing problem in multiplayer games in general, but Call of Duty has suffered greatly due to its popularity. According to Activision, many steps have been taken to stop cheating in Call of Duty since its launch, including:
- Weekly security updates
- Improved in-game reporting
- Two-factor authentication (2FA) for accounts
- More equipment and resources
- Internal anti-cheat software improvements
- Additional detection technology
- Regular communication on updates and progress
- Zero tolerance for cheat providers
- Consistent bans
Notably, Activision mentions in their update that today they banned 60,000 additional player accounts for cheating, bringing the total number of permanent account bans in Call of Duty and Warzone to a staggering 300,000. 180,000 accounts have also been invalidated due to the additi on of 2FA.
Hopefully, Activision will continue to fight cheats and cheat providers in the future. They promised monthly updates on their progress and promised: “additional measures, both preventive and enforcement, throughout this year to root out both cheats and cheat providers.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone are available on PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, and Warzone is free for all players.