Call of Duty: Warzone hacking has hit the headlines again after a number of high-profile players stopped cheating.
The BBC reported on YouTuber Vikkstar’s decision to quit Activision’s free-to-play battle king after he released a video that Warzone was in “the worst condition it has ever been”.
Vikkstar, whose real name is Vikram Singh Barn, has over seven million subscribers to YouTube. His video declaring that he decided to quit has been viewed over 1 million times.
“Activision does not address how many hackers there are in the game,” said Vikkstar. He revealed that he ran into a hacker who live-streamed active hacking on Facebook Gaming. “The player’s base in the game is now so saturated with hackers, you tend to find them in every single lobby.”
Vikkstar’s decision to quit Warzone comes at a troubled time for the game. Prominent players have questioned Activision’s supposedly ineffective anti-cheating, with some questioning the viability of hundreds of thousands of dollars in tournaments.
“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments are no longer possible,” FaZe member Nicholas “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff said on Twitter recently.
Twitch streamer Jaryd “summit1g” Lazar also took to Twitter to complain about Warzone cheating, although he later apologized for questioning the developer’s commitment to solving the problem.
Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r, which has over 1.5 million subscribers, recently posted a video titled “Hackers are KILLING Warzone! Why no anti-cheat !?” In it, Drift0r reveals that he regularly runs into hackers in the game.
Ever since Warzone came out in March 2020, it has faced a cheating problem, with some console players disabling cross-games with PC gamers in an attempt to avoid encountering hackers.
While Activision has previously issued a ban stating that it has no tolerance for cheaters, it now appears, almost a year after its launch, that Warzone is no closer to shedding its reputation as a game that has a hacking problem than it did nine months ago .
In fact, the case has escalated in recent weeks, and stories hitting regular news sites such as the BBC put Activision under increasing pressure to announce new measures designed to curb cheating.