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Activision has just banned 60,000 Call of Duty Warzone cheaters
Company outlines its latest efforts to maintain a level playing field
Activision banned 60,000 Call of Duty Warzone accounts this week for what it says were confirmed cases of players using cheat software.
In an update posted on Tuesday, the company outlined its efforts to combat cheating in the popular free-to-play shooter, which it claims has attracted over 85 million players since its release in March 2020.
Activision says it has now issued more than 300,000 permabans worldwide since the game launched.
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In that time, it says it has delivered weekly backend security updates, improved in-game reporting mechanisms, added two-factor authentication which has invalidated over 180,000 suspect accounts, and got rid of numerous unauthorised third-party software providers.
Going forward, Activision plans to improve its internal anti-cheat software, invest greater resources in detection technology as well as monitoring and enforcement capabilities, and offer more regular community updates including more two-way dialogue.
“We know cheaters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities, and we continue to dedicate resources 24/7 to identify and combat cheats, including aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, hex editors and any third party software that is used to manipulate game data or memory,” Activision said.
“Our ongoing security and enforcement efforts are franchise wide across Warzone, Modern Warfare and Black Ops.”
Activision is due to report its fourth quarter financial results on February 4, when it will also launch a major content update for Black Ops Cold War. The update will include new Zombies map Firebase Z, multiplayer map Express, additional Prop Hunt maps and the 40-player Endurance mode.
The company is also reportedly planning to release a new Cold War-themed Warzone map to coincide with the game’s first anniversary in March 2021.