Popular streamer and Call Of Duty player extraordinaire Nick 'NICKMERCS' Kolcheff has announced that he'll be stepping away from competitive Warzone tournaments until the game's cheating problem has been dealt with.
Online multiplayer games often struggle with hackers, and Warzone's immense popularity, coupled with the fact that it's a free-to-play battle royale, means that it's attracted more than its fair share since launching last March. The over-the-top use of aimbots, hacks that let players shoot through walls, and other unfair tactics has been enough to drive many a player away from the game. Even those console users who stuck with it mostly opted to switch off the option to play with PC users, PC being the most prominent platform for cheaters.
Evidently, Kolcheff has had enough. During a recent stream, he explained that he's finished participating in Warzone tournaments, at least until Activision can get a handle on the cheaters who are even managing to swarm into these competitive games.
"Now, they're doing s**t, they've been doing s**t, that's even more crazy than that, I mean dude there's routers at play... there's all kinds of hacks," Kolcheff said of some of the outrageous methods cheaters have been employing of late. He added that there's just no point competing if there's no way to verify whether or not people will play fairly.
He said: "There's no pride in this thing anymore man, where's the dignity? Where's the honor system."
This isn't the first time Kolcheff has called out cheating in Warzone, and it's unlikely to be the last. "I told you guys, I told all of you, this is the natural evolution of these games," he explained. "The same s**t happened in Fortnite. You can be a part of it, I'm not, I'm not unless there's some extra incentive for me to play a tournament, I'm not playing."
Activision has been pulling out new measures against cheaters for months now, of course. While any new actions do seem to work for a while, it's never long before those who really want to cheat simply find ways around whatever obstacles have been put up.
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