- As reports about cheaters continue in Call of Duty: Warzone, console players are clamoring for cross-platform play that excludes PC players
- Infinity Ward bans over 70,000 cheaters globally, a drop in the ocean comparing to the 30 million player base
- Activision has yet to address the cases of cheating; similar complaints have been risen by other players in games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
A feud is brewing between PC and console Call of Duty: Warzone players with the former hacking and spoiling the experience for the latter. Activision’s foray into the battle royale genre has been well-received by the franchise’s fans. However, if cheaters are left unchecked, that oversight risks to alienate many loyalist CoD players.
Already, the cheating has forced players into switching off cross-platform play, excluding PC gamers altogether. Call of Duty: Warzone is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Console players have come to the move after reports surfaced that PC gamers have been using aimbots and wall hacks to gain an unfair advantage over enemies.
We've now issued over 70,000 bans worldwide to protect #Warzone from cheaters. We're continuing to deploy dedicated security updates and work continues on improving in-game reporting. We'll share more details soon. We are watching. We have zero tolerance for cheaters.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) April 13, 2020
PC gaming is easier to hack. With cross-platform enabled, many aspiring cheates have focused on raining fire down on unwitting console players. Having caught the scent, though, many have simply opted out of cross-platform play. Instead, PS4 and Xbox players stick to arguably cheaters-free realms.
Activision Steps Up Efforts to Root Out Cheats
Yet, not everyone has sat idly by. Activision has stepped Infinity Ward, the anti-cheat system supposed to keep makeshift hackers at bay. As a result of the rampant fudging with the game’s mechanics, Infinity Ward had to issue over 70,000 bans worldwide, a big blow to the active population.
Meanwhile, switching off cross-platform play has proven to be only half of the solution. While not “playing the cheaters’ game” is indeed a handy solution, by opting out of cross-platform play, PS4 and Xbox One can’t play against each other.
Players have said that waiting time has doubled as a result, degrading the experience and joy of playing Call of Duty: Warzone. While Infinity Ward has been shedding cheaters at a good clip, there have been other complications.
The fact that the game is free to play and has already accumulated a massive 30 million player base around the globe. Now, Warzone is a bit shy of games such as Valorant, as the game needed three weeks to rack up 90 million hours watched on Twitch, but the results are still impressive.
More importantly, they point to the underpinning problem. The voluminous player base and the many individuals who are very happy to give cheating a go. Many players have also suggested to let PC players stew in their own mess. In other words, enable cross-platform play for PS4 and Xbox One players only.
While this might improve the experience for those users, PC gamers will sooner or later need a fix, too.
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