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Original story (published June 11, 2021) follows:
COD Warzone recently posted an update on anti-cheat programs on their official blog, reiterating that they have zero tolerance for cheaters throughout the game.
The game’s ban hammer hit over 300,000 hackers worldwide. COD also said they are working to identify and target source-level cheat providers.
In addition, the COD Warzone team has implemented a number of measures including weekly backend security updates, improvements to in-game reporting mechanisms, the addition of 2FA, and the elimination of unauthorized third-party software.
But despite all this ceaseless effort from dedicated teams and resources, Warzone undeniably remains an extremely hacked gaming environment.
This is because even after patching the old one, hackers keep finding new loopholes and exploits. It is an endless and tireless process.
However, COD Warzone is not the only one dealing with a hacking problem. You see, when it comes to free online games like these, there are no barriers to entry.
If an account gets banned, one can simply create a new one and start hacking again with little to no losses.
But at the end of the day, it’s the regular players who keep things fair and honest that are the real losers for hackers. After all, there’s not really much you can do other than report the account or rant on the forums.
The plight of regular gamers is particularly highlighted by the following Reddit post about a hacker who not only commits the evil deed, but also streams it on Twitch for all to see.
Was killed and it looked sketchy. I noticed the TTV tag, turns out the guy just talks about his cheats while streaming Twitch. activity, pls. by CODWarzone
Several other posts have suggested that somehow hacking has become much more common than ever, to the point where the game is barely playable.
That’s it, I’m done with this game. I went up with the team last night and in 6 games we fell victim to a hacker about 4 times, we even came across the new Hip Fire Magnet Billet Back. So we were fine, whatever a shitty night, and then we hopped on Resurgence and ran into two back-to-back games of garbage players running aimbot and walls.
I’ve stopped playing the game unless it’s with my friends. The hacking keeps getting worse and the ban waves don’t do anything, I don’t know why they act like they do. I’ve seriously lost the fun of it and lately my friend and I can’t even make the top 10 and we have won 1st place quite often in the past.
As mentioned, COD Warzone is doing its best to keep hackers at bay. But despite their best efforts, they seem to have barely managed to scratch the surface of the scam problem.
Do you therefore think that the existing fraud control methods are sufficient? Or is there a big gap due to which hacking cases are increasing?
Do you think hacking/cheating is on the rise in COD Warzone, or is Raven doing a good job of keeping it under control?
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Let us know what you think via the poll above or the comments section below. As always, we’ll update this article with the results next week, so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb.
Update 1 (June 22nd)
ACTUAL 7:05 p.m.: Our readers divided their opinion and it seems that 88.9% of players feel that cheating/hacking is on the rise in COD Warzone, while 11.1% of players hardly encounter cheaters/hackers.
Update 2 (July 17)
Raven Software has finally thought about player agony and now comes up with one Anti cheat update (literally by months) for Warzone. Here’s what they said about it:
It’s been a while since our last anti-cheat update!
Two #Warzone ban waves this week. Over 50,000 accounts banned together. No entry sign
Target repeat offenders and more
Update 3 (5 Aug)
10:32 a.m. (ACTUAL): New reports now indicate that the website of the Warzone cheat provider “CrazyAim” has been shut down. Their Discord server was also reportedly shut down.
NEW: One of the Warzone cheat provider sites called “CrazyAim” has been shut down today. Their Discord server has also been shut down. pic.twitter.com/J5uxiqfLNV
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) August 4, 2021
Update 4 (26 Aug)
11:52 a.m. (ACTUAL): Now, Raven Software has suspended over 100,000 Call of Duty accounts, and the game maker says they’ve targeted repeat offenders and cheat vendors.
Update 5 (September 2nd)
12:06 p.m. (ACTUAL): Raven Software is at it once again and today the company claims to have banned another 50,000 Warzone accounts targeting scammers and cheat providers.
Update 6 (October 04)
11:21 am (ACTUAL): In less than 2 months, Modern Warzone should see some decent changes in anti-cheat. This comes from a tweet from the official Modern Warzone Twitter handle.
Update 7 (October 15)
10:14 am (ACTUAL): New reports now indicate that the kernel-level driver of Call of Duty’s new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat has been leaked to cheat makers.
Update 8 (October 16)
5:46 p.m. (ACTUAL): In an update on the status of RICOCHET, Call of Duty confirmed – via Twitter – that they have released pre-release versions of the driver to third parties for testing.
Update from #TeamRicochet:
– RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™ is in controlled live testing. Before we install it on your PC, we put it through its paces
– Testing includes providing a pre-release driver to select third-party vendors
– Prepare server-side upgrades for launch (source)
Update 9 (January 18)
4:36 p.m. (ACTUAL): The RICOCHET anti-cheat tool appears to prevent hackers/cheaters from harming players in-game. Here is a video about it Twitter showing the whole process in action.
Update 10 (February 19)
09:36 (ACTUAL): CallofDuty on Twitter revealed that since the introduction of the RICOCHET kernel-level anti-cheat driver on PC, in-game cheat reports have decreased significantly in Warzone. You can view the full report here.
“Since the introduction of the RICOCHET anti-cheat kernel level driver on PC, #Warzone has seen a significant drop in in-game cheat messages while cheating in Warzone has been taken to an all-time low.” (source)
Update 11 (March 19)
10:38 am (ACTUAL): In a recent announcement on Twitter, the team confirmed that 90,000 accounts were banwaved this week.
#TeamRICOCHET update: 90,000 accounts removed in banwaves this week. happy friday (source)
Update 12 (April 22)
5:00 p.m. (ACTUAL): Many COD: Warzone players are reporting now (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Problems with the RICOCHET anti-cheat system. Players say that the anti-cheat system is not working and the game is full of cheaters making it unplayable.
Here are some reports to look up:
Right now the state of the game is absolutely awful for @CallofDuty #warzone, the new anti-cheat #Ricochet is catching one in a million cheaters. Best not to play (source)
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but #warzone is garbage. I’ve never seen a game so full of cheaters. (source)
#Warzone just had a rebirth game with 99% cheaters oh the anticheat does a good job can’t even fucking see walls (source)
Also a gamer recommended that players can get rid of cheaters on consoles by turning off crossplay.
Update 13 (April 24)
10:09 am (ACTUAL): Users are now saying that RICOCHET anti-cheat system finally stops in-game wall hackers.
Hey @RavenSoftware 👋 Ricochet Anti-Cheat is finally stopping wall hackers so let’s stop giving everyone else wall hacks and get rid of Combat Scout/Snapshots 👍 (source)
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