Activision promises Warzone anti-cheat updates as 60,000 accounts banned

Keshav Bhat
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Activision has announced a new ban wave was issued in Call of Duty: Warzone which resulted in a massive reduction in hack accounts.

First reported by VICE, Activision has said that over 60,000 accounts were banned in a recent ban wave that occurred this week.

The company shared an update on the Call of Duty Blog, revealing that a total of 300,000 accounts have been banned since Warzone’s launch.

The blog post provides updates on the state of Call of Duty: Warzone. Fans have been incredibly frustrated with the lack of open line of communications from Raven Software and Activision on the anti-cheat tools and updates. Activision promises to address this going forward with “at minimum” monthly updates, and even sometimes, weekly updates on what’s to come.

“For Warzone communications, the Warzone development team at Raven Software will take the lead on sharing updates going forward. We will provide monthly updates at a minimum, and when possible, weekly updates to the community.”

The company says that they have taken many actions since the game’s launch to combat hackers and cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone, including:

  • Weekly backend security updates
  • Improved in-game reporting mechanisms
  • Added 2-factor authentication, which has invalidated over 180,000 suspect accounts
  • Eliminated numerous unauthorized third party software providers
  • Increased dedicated teams and resources across software development, engineering, data science, legal and monitoring

They now plan to add more to that, including updates to their internal anti-cheat software.

  • Enhancements to our internal anti-cheat software
  • Additional detection technology
  • Adding new resources dedicated to monitoring and enforcement
  • Regular communication updates on progress; more two-way dialogue
  • Zero tolerance for cheat providers
  • Consistent and timely bans

Additional updates from Activision:

We have zero tolerance for cheaters across Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Warzone™. Our focus is to combat both cheaters and cheat providers. Today we banned 60,000 accounts for confirmed cases of using cheat software in Warzone, bringing our total to date of more than 300,000 permabans worldwide since launch.

We are also continuing our efforts to identify and address cheat providers at the source, who distribute unauthorized third party software for modding or hacking. 

We are committed to delivering a fair and fun experience for all players. This is a dedicated focus for our security, enforcement and technology teams.

The security and enforcement teams have additional measures coming – both preventative and enforcement – throughout this year to root out both cheaters and cheat providers.

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.

SOURCE: Call of Duty

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