Call of Duty Warzone Developers Raven Software confirmed yesterday afternoon that more than 50,000 players were banned in the past week through two waves of bans that affected the popular online shooter.
In a tweet posted on July 1On November 6, Raven Software explained that most of the 50,000 players who were kicked out were repeat offenders. Raven said these banning waves primarily targeted repeat offenders. The study ominously said it also targeted “a lot more” than repeat offenders, whatever that means.
This is far from the first time Raven has banned thousands of players in a short time. In February, Raven banned more than 60,000 accounts on War zone In a day. In May, Raven and Obligations publisher Activision reported that more than 350,000 players were banned from War zone for racism and toxicity in the last year. All of these add up to a lot. According to Raven, the studio has banned 500k total players. And that was in May 2021! The number of banned players has surely grown since then.
War zone have long had a problem with cheats, basically since the first day, when it was released in early 2020. Since then, Activision and Raven Software have continued to fight cheats and hackers that continue to cause problems for players on all platforms.
Things have gotten really bad recently, with Popular Twitch streamers getting hacked while playing the game. And it’s not just on PC that gamers deal with cheaters. Thanks to crossover play, cheaters can interact with console players during matches. Things are not going to get better any time soon either, as Hackers and cheaters create better, harder-to-detect software. and hardware that allows almost undetectable aimbots to be used on all platforms.
Deception has become so prevalent that some Twitch streamers are even facing cheating accusations. A whole community of Youtubers and gamers has formed around catching and exposing Twitch streamers who are believed to be cheating.
All of this is to say that while it’s nice to see Raven fight the good fight and ban 50,000 more hackers, it’s likely just the tip of a large and ever-growing iceberg.