Call of Duty Warzone The developers at Raven Software confirmed yesterday afternoon that more than 50,000 players were banned from the popular online shooter in two waves in the past week.
In a July 1 tweet6 explained to Raven Software that most of the 50,000 players who were banned were repeat offenders. Raven said these waves of prohibitions mainly focused on repeat offenders. The studio ominously said it also targeted “a lot more” than repeat offenders, whatever that means.
This is nowhere near the first time Raven has banned thousands of players in a short period of time. Back in February Raven has over 60,000 accounts blocked in the War zone in one day. In May, Raven and call of Duty Publisher Activision reported that over 350,000 players have been banned War zone for racism and toxicity in the last year. All of this adds up to a lot. According to Raven, the studio is over banned 500,000 players in total. And that was again in May 2021! The number of banned players has certainly grown since then.
War zone basically has had a problem with cheaters for a long time since day onewhen it hit the market in early 2020. Since then, Activision and Raven have had software continued to fight fraudsters and hackers that repeatedly cause problems for players on all platforms.
It’s gotten really bad lately with Popular Twitch streamers get hacked while playing. And it’s not just on PC that gamers face scammers. Thanks to crossplay, cheaters can interact with console players during games. It’s not getting better anytime soon either Hackers and scammers are making better, harder-to-detect software and hardware that makes it possible to use nearly undetectable aimbots on all platforms.
Fraud is so common that some Twitch streamers are balanced faced with allegations of fraud. A whole community of Youtubers and gamers has formed to catch and expose Twitch streamers who are believed to be cheating.
All of this is to say that while it’s nice to see Raven fight the good fight and ban 50,000 more hackers, it’s probably just the tip of a large, ever-growing iceberg.