Raven Software has chucked another lot of no-good Warzone cheaters out of the game, and it guarantees that the others that got away this time shouldn't get themselves comfortable.
The number of bans weren't quantified, but the developer is pretty pleased with itself. "Stepping up anti-cheat efforts on all fronts. More to come. Let's keep Warzone clean!" it said in a post to Twitter. This news follows the announcement that Activision had bid "dasvidaniya" to 60,000 cheaters in its latest wave, increasing the total number of permabans to 300,000 players since March 2020. It's a lot, right? Well, compared to the statistic that there were approximately 400 million monthly players of Warzone across 2020... it's not a huge chunk of the community.
There's two ways to take this. The first is that it's positive that hackers compose such a small sliver of the community, and the fact that the team has effectively rooted them out is good news for everyone. The other is that hacking is as prolific as it appears to be on social media, and Activision's strategy to support the game and its legitimate players is as speedy as a spoonful of treacle on a snowy slope. The latter is the accusation that an unhappy portion of players have levelled at the company, specifically stating that Warzone's lack of anti-cheat software is an omission that must be addressed.
Vikkstar is just one of the pro Warzone players that have had enough of contending with cheaters. He pointed out that a hacker was streaming their Warzone matches, blatantly displaying their use of third-party glitches to gain the upper hand, and said that "the game is in the worst state it's ever been." Last month, he officially quit the game, and hopes that his actions will be a message to the developers and publisher. "Even though I'm a CoD Partner, this is a way to reach out to Activision and say 'This needs to be addressed. Really this needs to be fixed,'" said Vikkstar.
This is why I quit Warzone: https://t.co/7A18b1Uapp
The fact players can livestream themselves blatantly hacking with zero repurcussions blows my mind. This guy is 2nd prestige & broadcasts hours of himself hacking.
This NEEDS to be addressed & fixed @CallofDuty @RavenSoftware pic.twitter.com/jyfoEilyzJ
- Vikkstar ★ (@Vikkstar123) January 30, 2021
Activision maintains that it is pouring time and effort into eradicating poor sportsmanship from Warzone. "We are committed to delivering a fair and fun experience for all players. This is a dedicated focus for our security, enforcement and technology teams," said the company. "We know cheaters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities, and we continue to dedicate resources 24/7 to identify and combat cheats... We're committed to this cause. We are listening and will not stop in our efforts."
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