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24 Feb 2021

Warzone: Activision Bans 60,000 Accounts Amid Cheating Controversy

Since its release in March 2020, the topic of cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone has always been a subject that has seen players express their frustrations over.

The issue has become such a widespread problem in recent months, and has even led to some of the most popular content creators quit playing the game entirely.

Most notably, Sidemen member and London Royal Ravens co-owner Vikkstar123 announced he was quitting Warzone for the foreseeable future, and even made an appearance on the BBC regarding the problem

As the pressure on publisher Activision continues to build, the company released a statement detailing what action is being taken and how it intends on dealing with cheaters in the future.

60,000 Bans In 24 Hours

Warzone Cheaters

In its February 2nd blog post, Activision revealed that a total of 60,000 Warzone accounts had received permanent bans in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of banned accounts to over 300,000 since the game launched in March 2020.

The publisher also stated that it was “committed to delivering a fair and fun experience for all players” alongside unveiling what it has in store to further players using cheats to gain an unfair advantage.

Enhancements to Activision’s internal anti-cheat software will be made alongside improvements to its cheat detection technology and regular communication updates on how the fight against cheaters is progressing.

Activision is taking the right steps to rid Warzone and other titles of cheaters and continues to maintain its “zero-tolerance” stance on cheating, but why has it taken so long for the publisher to act on such a problematic issue?

The Tip Of The Iceberg

While the steps Activision is taking certainly sound like positive ones, banning over 300,000 accounts in the space of 12 months is just the tip of the iceberg.

Despite Activision attempting to combat the issue, the free-to-play nature of Warzone certainly makes the publisher’s job of combatting cheaters a problem.

Even with two-factor authentication, there is nothing stopping banned players from creating brand-new accounts and getting straight back into the action.

When tens of millions of players have downloaded the popular battle royale, there is still plenty of work to do in order to ensure Warzone, Modern Warfare, and Black Ops Cold War contain little to no cases of cheating.