A “big banwave” on Sunday in Call of Duty: War Zone makes 475,000 accounts permanently banned since the mode started a little over a year ago. Developers said on Monday.
The weekend bans had been the “seventh high-volume game bans” since February alone, wrote Infinity Ward, and there’s a lot more as to where that came from. “The increased frequency of high-volume banwaves in addition to our daily ban on repeated infraction accounts” is on the moderators’ increased efforts list published in a note to players.
“We recently banned 45,000 fraudulent black market accounts used by repeat offenders,” the post said. “Removing scammers and removing their ability to switch to alternate accounts is a primary focus for security teams.”
Not that this means everything is rosy and good now War zone. The cheating in Call of Duty’s free Battle Royale has caused widespread complaints among some of them War zoneThe most loyal players, especially streamers and YouTubers, who recently said they were giving up the game. Many more have turned to disabling cross-platform matchmaking, keeping the more problematic PC population out of their playlists despite repeated and annoying reminders to turn them back on.
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Over the year, Infinity Ward tried things like getting suspicious scammers into their own matchmaking lobbies or sending legal threats to scammers to get them to buy their goods and apologize to everyone.
Infinity Ward doesn’t describe all of its approaches – why give scammers some insight on how not to get caught? But the studio drops threatening clues every now and then.
“Some have asked whether we will issue hardware bans,” the developers wrote on Monday. “We put hardware bans in place against repeated or serial fraudsters. This is an important part of our efforts to combat repeat offenders. “
Repeat offenders seem to be the focus for the moment, with Infinity Ward focusing its efforts on making it difficult for them to either create new accounts to carry out their evils or, if they don’t, at least make it painful or time-consuming.
“Again, there is no place to cheat,” wrote the developers. “It is our number one priority to provide a fair and fun experience for all players.”