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It seems like cheating in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call Of Duty: Warzone is slowly getting worse again. A fresh wave of bans, Reddit threads, and a streamer who was blatantly using cheat software paints a pretty unfortunate picture of the current situation.
Infinity Ward has yet to say anything publicly, but a recent 200MB update to the game has resulted in a fair amount of confusion, and more than a few bans. As Eurogamer points out, there are forums and subreddits currently swarming with complaints from affected players, many of whom are claiming that they did nothing to warrant the sudden and unexpected ban they find themselves stuck with.
Cheaters in Modern Warfare and Warzone have been a serious problem since launch, with many players taking particular issue with the ease in which PC gamers were able to make use of various hacks. The problem got so bad that console players opted out of cross-play with PC.
In May, Infinity Ward enabled two-step SMS authentication for Warzone PC players in what was considered at the time a successful blow against cheaters. Before this, anyone banned from the free-to-play battle royale could simply create another account for free. Tying accounts to phone numbers provided complications for cheaters, with many genuinely complaining that it was now too hard to cheat.
This, along with a whole bunch of other anti-cheat measures on PC and console made it seem as if Infinity Ward had gotten on top of the problem. Unfortunately, there have been increasing reports over the last few weeks that cheaters on the move once again.
"Literally just lost another final circle because of a goddamn wallhacker/aimbotter," wrote on Reddit user. "Every f**king game. There's no point in grinding your way to the end, just for this f**king bullsh*t to happen."
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"Top 10 three different times tonight, aimbotter won all three games," another added. "One of the games the guy had 72 kills and his name was just 'HACKS.' They aren't even trying to hide it anymore."
Some hackers appear to have gotten so cocky that they're actually livestreaming games with cheats enabled. A since-deleted clip shows one streamer by the name of next1141, openly cheating in the battle royale, despite many in the chat actively calling them out for it.
Infinity Ward has clearly noticed this surge in unsavoury activity and has attempted to combat it... but it's resulted in a ton of unfair bans for seemingly innocent players. Activision's support forum is currently full of players who have no idea what it is they did to get banned.
At the time of writing, there are posts as recent as a few hours ago from players demanding to know why they can't play anymore. Some admittedly did some genuinely dumb stuff (like one user who wants to be unbanned despite loading the game with cheat software open), but the majority are genuinely confused about the position they're in.
As Infinity Ward tries to put an end to the latest rise in cheating, it was inevitable that its banhammer would occasionally hit indiscriminately. Hopefully the innocent parties can get their bans resolved, but the support forum is already piling up with players who've been banned for weeks now, with no response from Activision.
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