The legitimacy of a popular Call of Duty: Warzone streamer was called into question this week when Charlie "MuTeX" Saouma, the former Call of Duty pro player holding the record for most of the war zone kills in a solo squad match, he was accused of using third-party hardware and software that allowed him to cheat.
Saouma categorically denies the allegation and, to prove that there is no malicious hardware or piracy at work, he transmitted this morning with an absurd and panoptic configuration of five cameras: one to look at the controller, one for his monitors, one for your PC, one for your entire desktop and a standard front camera.
"I want to see someone call me a cheater. They will look absolutely ignorant," he said at the beginning of his broadcast on July 9th. "If you call me a cheater, you're fooled. It's as simple as that."
You can watch Saouma play with the unorthodox broadcast settings below.
The challenge to Saouma’s integrity began this week when YouTuber BadBoyBeaman, who analyzes clips of streamers he thinks are cheating, he posted one video calling Saouma to have the Cronus Pro program installed on your PC. Cronus Pro is the add-on to CronusZen, a $ 160 control box that plugs into a PC and allows users to load scripts and driver modifications for certain games that can, for example, eliminate weapon recoil or crawl. best targets on the screen. . It’s a hardware-assisted trap, and for a controller player like Saouma, it seems suspicious.
Saouma responded to his video in Beaman's video video on Twitter, explaining that your PC's Cronus Pro program is a bug when you used a Cronus device at professional Call of Duty: WW2 LAN events in 2018. Apparently, Cronus devices were officially a sanctioned hardware used to create wired driver connections to consoles and prevent Bluetooth interference between drivers. Saouma said the program was seen on his "obsolete" streaming PC that he does not use to play. "I promise I'm not cheating. Just tune my streams and you'll see."
Beaman returned yesterday with a second video, noting that Saouma's PC lists the date of installation of the Cronus Pro program in March 2021, months before its world record is set in June. Saouma argues that several factors, including automatic program updates and Windows updates, could explain the date of installation. (Out of curiosity, I checked my PC and the installation dates of the program do not appear to have been altered by the last two years of Windows 10 updates).
To all Cronus accusers from today part 1 pic.twitter.com/BfYZagCFYKJuly 7, 2021
Watching Saouma play, it’s at least obvious that he doesn’t use a traditional trick, like a wallhack that allows him to see players through the walls. Sure, it's good in the game, but the extent of Warzone's deception vulnerabilities (and the game's story with real trap streamers) means that not even a five-camera surveillance system can completely rule out unfair game. As cheating operations have continued unabated and Activision has not adequately counteracted cheating methods, paranoia about illegitimate players is one more symptom of the biggest problem.
Of course, not all cases of deception in Warzone are so murky. You don’t have to look far to find the boosters who make no effort to hide their mischief, like this recent hack that means war zone cheaters no longer have to target players.