More than 50,000 cheaters were banned in Call of Duty: Warzone last week, the developer announced Friday.
By posting a brief anti-cheating update on Twitter, Raven revealed that the latter batch of cheaters received the launch of two separate ban waves. These waves were largely (but not exclusively) directed at repeat offenders, stories that Raven had already deceived.
It's been a while since our last anti-cheating update! Two waves of #Warzone ban this week. More than 50,000 combined banned accounts. 🚫Destined for repeat offenders and much more.July 16, 2021
Warzone has been fighting cheaters for a long time, and this massive ban is just the latest effort to combat it. In May, Raven banned more than 30,000 accounts in a single day, bringing the total number of bans to more than half a million.
Not that this has prevented the cheaters from further trying to break Raven’s actual battle. Last week, Activision stepped in to eliminate an "undetectable" and "unstoppable" target to help cheat using machine learning and third-party software to take over controls every time an enemy player appeared in the screen.
The frustration of war zone players with cheaters has also spread to legitimate players. A world record held by Warzone pro ended up using an absurd five-camera transmission setup to defend the accusations of foul play.
Another wave of prohibition may give a brief, if well rejected. But the responses to Raven’s message are a community that is tired of the occasional mass ban, desperately waiting for a more permanent solution to the Warzone deception epidemic.