Call of Duty Warzone devs Raven Software confirmed yesterday afternoon that more than 50,000 players were banned last week across two waves of bans hitting the popular online shooter.
In a tweet posted July 1st6, Raven Software explained that most of the 50,000 players who were banned were repeat offenders. Raven said that these prohibition waves were mainly focused on repeat offenders. The studio said ominously that it also targeted “much more” than repeat offenders, no matter what that means.
This is far from the first time Raven has banned thousands of players in a short time. Back in February, Raven banned over 60,000 accounts in War zone on a day. In May, Raven and Duty calls publisher Activision reported it over 350,000 players had been banned War zone for racism and toxicity over the past year. All of these add up to a lot. According to Raven, the studio has been banned 500,000 players in total. And it was back in May 2021! The number of banned players has probably grown since then.
War zone has long had a problem with cheaters, basically since the first day, when it was launched in early 2020. Since then, Activision and Raven Software has continued to fight cheaters and hackers which constantly causes problems for players on all platforms.
Things have gotten really bad lately, too popular Twitch streamers are hacked while playing the game. And it’s not just on PCs where players are dealing with cheaters. Thanks to crossplay, cheaters can interact with console players during matches. Things are not going to get any better anytime soon either, like Hackers and fraudsters make better, harder software to detect and hardware that makes it possible to use almost undetectable aimbots on all platforms.
Cheating has become so widespread that some Twitch streamers are smooth faces accusations of cheating. An entire community of Youtubers and gamers has formed around capturing and exposing Twitch streamers who are believed to be cheating.
All this is to say that while it’s nice to see Raven fight the good fight and ban 50,000 more hackers, it’s probably just the tip of the iceberg.