Activision wants Call of Duty: Warzone players to know that it takes the game’s major cheating issue seriously. This is the message behind the New blog post From the publisher after weeks of player complaints demanding cheating suppression. Plus confirmation The ban wave today for more than 60,000 accounts, Activision stated that Warzone already has its “in-house anti-fraud program”.
This might seem obvious to a massive game with millions of players, but Activision hasn’t said much before today. We know who Update Back in April 2020, security teams worked 24/7 to detect and crush new cheats, but Warzone doesn’t use any third-party anti-cheat software (like BattleEye or Easy Anti-Cheat) as many other multiplayer games do. This fact made the players Skeptical Of Activision’s ability to tackle malware, especially as Warzone cheat has become prolific in recent months. We now know Activision has chosen a path similar to what Riot Games did with Valorant, developing its own anti-cheat program.
We have zero tolerance for cheaters across Call of Duty and Warzone Over 60,000 accounts have been blocked today. Follow RavenSoftware for more #Warzone updates. Details here: https://t.co/d6De7tY3AB pic.twitter.com/fOGTJ43b8UFebruary 2, 2021
Unlike Riot which owns Promotion Controversial anti-fraud technology As an important feature of Valorant, Activision doesn’t say much about its own solution. It took that long for the publisher to confirm its existence, so that wasn’t too surprising. However, today’s ban wave is an encouraging note to accompany the news. Activision has also shared a list of other anti-fraud actions it has taken since Warzone launched:
- Weekly background security updates
- Improved reporting mechanisms in the game
- Two-factor authentication was added, which revoked more than 180,000 suspected accounts
- Eliminate many unauthorized third-party software providers
- Increase dedicated teams and resources across software development, engineering, data science, law, and surveillance
On a somewhat related note, Activision took this opportunity to confirm that Raven Software is indeed the new source to look out for for future Warzone updates. The post says, “For Warzone Communications, the Warzone development team at Raven Software will take the lead in sharing updates from now on. We will provide at least monthly updates and, where possible, weekly updates to the community.”
The statement stops short of clarifying what exactly Infinity Ward’s role in developing Warzone going forward, if at all. If Infinity Ward is still working on Warzone in some form, it is probably safe to assume that work has also begun on its next big studio project now after a full year of Modern Warfare.