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Call of Duty is ramping up anti-cheat efforts, has banned over 300,000 accounts in Warzone since launch

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Call Of Duty Warzone (Image credit: Activision)

What you need to know

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone are two of the biggest first-person shooters out there.
  • Since launch, both games have suffered from consistent cheating and exploits that have detracted from the experience.
  • Activision and the Call of Duty team have been ramping up their anti-cheat efforts, with a new update today.
  • 60,000 accounts were perma-banned today, bringing the total up to over 300,000 since launch.

The Call of Duty franchise has been one of the best-selling series of video games for decades. It is currently carried by Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the traditional online multiplayer, campaign, and zombies mash-up, and Call of Duty: Warzone, the massive battle royale. While both games continue to do what makes Call of Duty so popular, they have also suffered from an avalanche of cheaters. Today, Activision and the Call of Duty team have released an update on their anti-cheat efforts.

In Call of Duty (and Warzone, in particular), cheaters will take advantage of illicit third-party software and discovered in-game exploits to gain unfair advantages over other players. It's been a growing issue in multiplayer games in general, but Call of Duty has suffered a lot due to its popularity. According to Activision, a lot of steps have been taken to stop cheating in Call of Duty since launch, including:

  • Weekly security updates
  • Improved reporting in-game
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA) for accounts
  • Increased teams and resources
  • Enhancements to internal anti-cheat software
  • Additional detection technology
  • Regular communication on updates and progress
  • Zero tolerance for cheat providers
  • Consistent and timely bans

Most notably, Activision mentions in their update that they banned an additional 60,000 player accounts today for cheating, bringing the total number of permanent account bans in Call of Duty and Warzone to a staggering 300,000. 180,000 accounts have been invalidated because of the addition of 2FA as well.

Hopefully, Activision continues to bring the fight to cheaters and cheat-providers in the future. They've promised monthly updates on their progress and have promised: "additional measures coming – both preventative and enforcement – throughout this year to root out both cheaters and cheat providers."

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone are both available on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, with Warzone being free to all players.

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Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

4 Comments
  • Cheaters are truly ruining another game again. I don't understand how do they really enjoy cheating. It's so disappointing.
  • They do it for stats
  • What I don't understand is what is the point of a stat if you didn't earn it? It reminds me of when I was a child in elementary school, there was this guy that would go into the teacher's desk and get all of the gold star stickers and sneak a few here and there on his chart just so he could say he had more gold stars than anyone. Everyone knew he was doing it because he did it in front of everyone, so the gold stars didn't mean anything. On the other hand I used to cheat at words with friends with one of those apps that tell you the best word to place, but I only did it just to piss off my wife. She was furious and could not understand how I was so smart and so much better at that game than her, haha.
  • It's absolutely annoying isn't it. Every single game has it to some degree.