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The issue of cheaters in Call Of Duty: Warzone has found its way back into the spotlight. The free-to-play battle royale has been dealing with rampant hacking and exploitation for months now, but these issues are now starting to find their way into competitive play - with disastrous results.
During the final day of a recent tournament hosted by Twitch, a number of high-profile participants accused one of the players of using an aim-bot. To make matters worse, the tournament had a prize pool of $250k on the line.
A streamer called Metzy was hit with accusations from rival players because of one suspect moment during the game. In the clip, which you can see below, the streamer leaps from a window and guns down multiple enemies from the roof. Viewers and fellow competitors were quick to call foul, with many assuming that he had used an aim assist.
Following the accusations, the stream was paused while Warzone officials looked into Metzy's performance and analysed it for any wrongdoing. After about an hour, Metzy confirmed that he'd received a message from Twitch stating his gameplay was found to be "unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt". Metzy and his entire team were subsequently banned from the event.
A few hours later, Metzy flat-out denied that he'd done anything wrong and opened his computer up for searching. Thomas "Tommey" Trewren of 100 Thieves, who was among those accusing Metzy, joined the stream to look through his files for evidence of hacking. Tommey is now saying that he got it wrong, and that as far as he can see, Metzy did not cheat. He has since offered Metzy his earnings from the tournament as compensation for having been kicked out.
It's safe to say that this entire situation was a mess, and has only made it clearer that Activision needs to do more to combat cheating cheating in Warzone - especially in tournaments such as this one. While Metzy might not have cheated, the very fact that he was called out and banned for the possibility of foul play is proof that the game needs anti-cheat measures that players can feel confident about.
Only last week, popular Call Of Duty streamer Nick 'NICKMERCS' Kolcheff explained that he was quitting competitive play because the rampant cheating has stripped it of all meaning.
"There's no pride in this thing anymore man", he said. "Where's the dignity? Where's the honor system?"
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