Activision ban over 500,000 Call of Duty players in new effort to stamp out toxicity

Joseph Pascoulis
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Activision have officially confirmed the banning of over 500,000 Call of Duty accounts across games like Warzone and Vanguard in order to remove “toxic users.”

Recent Call of Duty games such as Warzone and Vanguard have been plagued by cheaters and hackers, and this continues to be the case even in their final season.

With the introduction of RICOCHET, Activision doubled down on their efforts to clean the game up and get rid of the mass amounts of cheaters and hackers. Now, it seems the devs are emphasizing their focus on getting rid of toxicity as well.

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With Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 on the horizon, and fans being able to get their first look at gameplay with the Call of Duty Next event, it’s great to see Activision continuing their campaign to rid the community of toxic players, as well as hackers.

Activision announced on September 13, 2022, that they have officially banned over 500,000 accounts in Call of Duty, as well as forced over 300,000 accounts to change their names in line with Activision’s commitment to “anti-toxicity.”

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In the announcement, Activision revealed that thanks to these measures, Warzone has seen a “55% drop in the number of offensive username and clan tags reports from our players, year-over-year, in the month of August alone.”

Clearly, Activision are focused on creating a more positive community as well as getting rid of cheaters and hackers, placing emphasis on removing those who have explicit or inappropriate usernames.

New Call of Duty Code of Conduct

They also announced a new Code of Conduct with the announcement, which contains the following core values:

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  • Treat everyone with respect
    • “Communication with others, whether using text or voice chat, must be free of offensive or harmful language”
  • Compete with integrity
    • “You are responsible for how your account is used. The use of cheats, including third-party software, is unacceptable. Exploiting bugs or engaging in any activity that grants an unfair advantage is considered cheating.”
  • Stay vigilant
    • “To promote an enjoyable gameplay experience, utilize in-game tools to report any incidents or inappropriate behaviors you encounter.”

It seems the devs are focussed on bringing these protocols and processes over to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, stating that they “recognize this will be a continued effort,” and that their commitment to ridding the community of toxicity is “unwavering.”

For more on Call of Duty, be sure to check out how to get the Modern Warfare 2 beta rewards.

Image Credits: Activision

About The Author

After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. He enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]