Blizzard have introduced SMS Protect with Overwatch 2 in an effort to make it more of a headache for cheaters to create several accounts. This system has proved controversial at launch, and it’s on the way to Modern Warfare 2 as well.
In an effort to combat cheaters, Activision Blizzard have introduced a new SMS Protect system, where players must have a phone number connected to their account to play their games. Blizzard confirmed that “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Overwatch 2, and newly created Call of Duty: Modern Warfare accounts require a phone number.”
Talking to Forbes, Blizzard said that many Overwatch cheaters simply keep creating accounts on the same phone number. As Overwatch principal designer Scott Mercer explained, the idea of SMS Protect is to “make it inconvenient for people who use cheats, but also to making it more expensive and uneconomical to develop these cheats.”
So far, it seems many in the Modern Warfare community are delighted with the idea of there being fewer smurfs and cheaters in the game thanks to SMS Protect. “This is good news,” suggested Reddit user Stinger86 after the news was shared. “Should make cheating more of a pain in the ass after someone gets banned.”
As many Overwatch players learned, not every phone number will work with the Battle.net account, completely locking them out of the game. Blizzard won’t accept numbers on a pre-paid contract plan or VOIP numbers, and Cricket Wireless users have had particular trouble.
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