Call of Duty: Warzone Pushing More Large Banwaves to Curb Cheating Epidemic

Cheating has been a huge issue in both Call of Duty and Call of Duty Warzone, and the teams behind the games have given an update on how they plan to continue to combat them with such actions as large banwaves.

The Call of Duty staff shared the update in a blog, confirming that their security and enforcement team has issued more than 475,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone, and that April 11th’s banwave was the seventh high-volume set of bans since February.

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The same team also issues bans seven days a week to individual offenders and repeat offenders and, in combination with the large banwaves, these methods are “an integral focus of our efforts.”

Another large focus is tackling the commercial market of cheat providers and resellers, which includes suspicious accounts that are farmed and often sold to repeat offenders. The team recently banned 45,000 fraudulent, black market accounts used by repeat offenders.

One of the most difficult challenges in stopping cheaters is in limiting their ability to move to alternate accounts. To do so, the team has increased its efforts to ensure accounts are utilizing 2-factor authentication, it has ramped-up additional resources to help the security and enforcement teams, it has increased the frequency of bans, and it is working to improve upon communication and updates.

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Hardware bans are also used for repeat, or serial, cheaters, and the security research team uses such tactics as using malware hidden as a “dropper” in a fake cheat that was being offered for sale.

In February, it was reported that over 60,000 cheaters were banned in a massive banwave, and that followed one of the biggest Warzone streamers, Vikkstar123, confirming that he would no longer play the game following how prevalent the cheating problem is.

Fortunately, Activision appears to be stepping up their efforts to combat cheaters and there are those like Alex Zedra, the actress behind Warzone’s Mara, who helped get two cheaters banned on Twitch.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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