Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software has released its first anti-cheat update in over two months following increasing pressure from the game’s community on hacking.
Complaints about cheating and hacking in Warzone have increased this year, with some high-profile players demanding action from Activision.
Earlier this month, popular Call of Duty content creator ZLaner made a passionate plea to Raven to do something to combat cheating.
“Raven Software … we can have a kind of transparency,”
. @ RavenSoftware I can not aim to be the best I can be in Warzone without receiving SINNVIKE skepticism because hacking has plagued this game since the beginning. Will anti-cheating or consistent orbital waves ever occur?
Full video here: https://t.co/RWgHdN3aUr
– ZLaner (@ZLanerOFFICIAL) July 12, 2021
During the night, Raven announced that they had issued two Warzone ban waves this week, for a total of over 50,000 accounts banned.
“Targeted repeat offenders, and more,” Raven said in a tweet.
It’s been a while since our last anti-cheat update!
Two #Warzone ban waves this week. Over 50,000 accounts banned in total. ?
Targeting repeat offenders, and more.
– Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) July 16, 2021
Raven’s latest anti-cheat update was released on May 14, when the developer said it had excluded over 30,000 accounts in a wave of bans, bringing the total sum of banned accounts to over half a million.
“We have zero tolerance for cheaters across Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Warzone,” Activision said in a blog post published in February.
Some have said that Raven’s latest figures do not go far enough. Popular Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD tweeted to say the number “should be much higher”.
“There are at least a dozen on the leaderboards that slip past every ban since its launch, so I could only imagine how many will be missed by these waves,” said JGOD.
These bans are cool, but it seems like the number is going to be much higher. There are at least a dozen on the leaderboards that slip past every ban since its launch, so I could only imagine how many will be missed by these waves. https://t.co/XTaSl5mENu
– James – JGOD (@JGODYT) July 16, 2021
Society is still skeptical of Activision’s anti-cheat efforts with Warzone, and there are already several clips that fill up Warzone subreddit that show gross cheating, even from streamers.
Activision: We have blocked 50,000 accounts. And streamer plays on Twitch with quiet goals, shoots up in the air and all bullets hit … from r / CODWarzone
Video game developers and publishers face an uphill battle to combat hacking and cheating in their games, and Activision is no different. As a combat royalty that can be downloaded for free with over 100 million players, Warzone will always be a target for cheaters. But Activision has shown that it can move fast when it comes to taking on those who cheat – this week Activision stepped in to stop the development of a machine learning cheat after competitive multiplayer fans on the console expressed concern about the potential to ruin games.
Despite this effort – and banning wave announcements – it seems that Activision is struggling to shake Warzone’s reputation for being a fighting king with a heavy dose of cheating.