Warzone Confirms Repeat Offenders Receive a Hardware Ban

by in Call of Duty | Apr, 15th 2021

It seems like it doesn’t matter if people cheat in Call of Duty Warzone if they don’t get hardware bans. However, Activision has since confirmed that repeat offenses will catch a hardware ban for Warzone as a solution to the game’s cheating problem. Cheating/hacking is still somehow the top problem for Warzone, despite how long the game has been around. The goal is to crack down on cheaters in Activision’s Warzone, despite the game having no real anti-cheat.

We know that it’s harder to implement an anti-cheat into a game once it’s out, but that leaves the question: Why wasn’t there a solid, useful anti-cheat put into the game from the outset?

Dozens of Accounts Are a ‘Thing of the Past’

Typically, people who are banned in Warzone for cheating don’t really care. After all, many of them already have multiple accounts, sometimes dozens of them, to allow themselves to keep on playing. The cheats never seem to stop. Even if there have been over 400,000 accounts banned, it doesn’t matter since those people just re-login.

One of the other measures being taken is concerning the cheat makers themselves and resellers. If the major cheat makers can be stopped, as in the recent bust in China, it will go a long way to making the game enjoyable again. The Activision blog points at this problem as something they’re working on:

“We also are tackling the commercial market of cheat providers and resellers. This includes suspicious accounts, which are farmed and often sold to repeat offenders. We recently banned 45,000 fraudulent, black market accounts used by repeat offenders.“

However, Warzone released a new blog on the topic of bans and, in particular, the hardware ban. A hardware ban means that players would have to replace their hardware entirely – PC or console, in order to play again. The nature of a hardware ban has been brought up repeatedly, but Activision confirms they are handed out. In the blog, Activision says:

“Some have asked if we issue hardware bans. We do issue hardware bans against repeat or serial cheaters. This is an important part of our effort to combat repeat offenders.”

It sounds like hardware bans are just a part of the system now. If it’s true, and Activision is daily working on banning people, that’s a positive for sure. Especially if these people who make accounts, again and again, are getting a hardware ban in Warzone. Will this solve the problem? No, of course not. But it’s a step in the right direction.


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