Infinity Ward has banned over 70,000 users for using cheats in Call of Duty: Warzone. This follows after multiple players reported encounters with cheaters of various kinds since its original release in March. Big names in the gaming community such as Matt “Nadeshot” Haag, Jack “Courage” Dunlop, and Tim “TimTheTatman” Betar were vocal about the number of cheaters in Warzone.
Infinity Ward came forward about the measures it was taking to combat the cheats, assuring players that they have “zero tolerance” for cheaters. While this isn’t the first time Infinity Ward has banned cheaters in Warzone, the bans till now haven’t necessarily made a dramatic difference. Infinity Ward had first reported at the end of March that 50,000 presumed cheaters had been banned from the game. Even after that first announcement, users were still seeing an increased amount of cheaters in their games. It’s uncertain what sort of bans were put in place to avoid more hackers from surfacing in the future.
People using aim-bots or wall-hacks have been caught on camera by all three streamers. After weeks of complaints, it seemed like there was being nothing done about the issue. Nadeshot even went as far as to say that Warzone would become a Valorant waiting room if nothing were done regarding hackers.
The lack of anti-cheat software and precautions taken to combat hackers on Warzone has literally turned Call of Duty into a Valorant waiting room. I’m bummed because the game is so good, but it’s completely and utterly unplayable in this state.
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) April 2, 2020
Infinity Ward bans users, but will it stop them?
Riot Games’ FPS title Valorant has already released statements regarding cheaters in its game. Riot Games made it clear that it would be hardware banning those using cheats. Infinity Ward did not disclose what sort of bans they were issuing. With Warzone being a free-to-play game, it’s easy for cheaters to get another account. A hardware ban prevents users from simply making another account and starting over again.
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