Call of Duty’s official social accounts openly taunted “pissed off cheaters” in a video published on Tuesday.
The video highlights the efforts publisher Activision is taking to combat cheating in Call of Duty Warzone, which has been a major issue in the game since launch, to the extent that a new anti-cheat system is being marketed as one of the key features of the next premium Call of Duty game.
Last week it was announced that another 100,000 players had been banned from Warzone in the publisher’s latest action. And now, its new video warns: “We know what you’re doing. We’re coming for you”
You can watch the video via the embed below:
The video contains what it claims is “a real reaction” from Warzone player ‘Rushman360‘, who says he had all of his accounts banned for cheating “without even playing it”. The user then goes on to claim that he’s glad the bans happened, as it suggests Activision is taking Warzone cheating more seriously.
“This is not a drill: If you cheat, we are coming for you,” the official Call of Duty Twitter account wrote. “Banwaves are ongoing, and PC anti-cheat is arriving in Warzone later this year.”
Warzone’s PC anti-cheat system will be introduced later this year, following the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard and a brand new game map.
Activision has now issued over 600,000 Warzone permabans since the free-to-play shooter launched in March 2020.
The company claimed in February that it was dedicating resources “24/7 to identify and combat cheats, including aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, hex editors and any third party software that is used to manipulate game data or memory”.
Warzone’s creative director told VGC in April that he shares fan frustration over cheating in the game. Amos Hodge said he was “upset” that cheaters were “ruining some of the best work” he’d ever done.
“Cheating is handled by our security team,” he said. “But what I will say is that we have reporting tools, we ban a ton of people and no one hates the cheaters more than we do. We make this content for the players and while you’re upset that it ruined your game, I’m upset that it’s ruining some of the best work that I’ve done in my life.
“I made this content for players and I know that everyone around the team feels that way,” Hodge continued.
“We put our hearts into this content, we have 100 million players, it’s been out a year, this is a huge stage and some of the best work we’ve ever done, and to have cheaters come in and ruin the game bothers us more than anyone. I know the security team are on top of it and they’re continually going to make updates.”