It feels like Activision don’t mind watching their game ran into the ground by hackers.
These days its feels like it’s rare occurrence to get into a lobby without running into a single hacker. Things have gotten to a point where even major Call of Duty players like NICKMERCS have quit competitive tournaments and Vikkstar has quit the game altogether until the issue is fixed.
Activision have yet to find a way to stop the hackers ruining the games lobbies, despite recently posting a message saying they are going to be cracking down hard on the cheaters.
One Warzone hacker has spoken out about why they started cheating in the game.
During a recent livestream, Call of Duty streamer exzachtt spoke to a cheater who shared some insights into why players cheat, but he also found out just how easy it is for the cheaters to bypass the anti-cheat system in Warzone.
After running into the cheater in his own game, exzachtt decided to invite the cheater to his in game party to find out why he was cheating. “The game is so broken, there are so many hackers in this game that I thought, you know what, let me try it out” the cheater said.
The temptation to hack is clearly strong for a lot of players at the moment and with how ineffective the anti-cheat is, it’s no surprise. “The only way [Activision] are going to do anything about it, is if enough [hackers] get reported. Because eventually, you’re going to join a lobby and there’s going to be 147 hackers and three people.”
That statement doesn’t seem too far away from being true at the moment, almost every lobby has one hacker it seems, some of the cheaters are even brave enough to stream their gameplay, with others even entering the competitive scene using aim bots and wall hacks.
So just how easy is it to cheat?
When exzachtt asked the cheater how long they’d been ruining peoples games, he replied saying he had been using the cheats for about three to four months. “Wait, you’ve been hacking for four months and you still have not got banned?!” exzachtt said in shock.
“Oh, I’ve been banned multiple times,” the hacker explained. “I have a rotation of about 30 accounts that I rotate through. When you get banned, all they do is shadowban you because you’ve been suspected of cheating. However, when they pull your game logs and game files, there’s no hardware to show that you are cheating.”
The hacker says that Activision only shadowban players who they suspect of cheating for up to eight days. A small price to pay for cheating if you ask me. With such little punishment, its no wonder hackers keep returning to the game after their first ban by either moving to another (free) account, or waiting for their ban to be lifted.
“You know how every Tuesday they update the game? Usually, by 8 or 9 pm EST, we can get back on because the hack is updated” he goes on to explain. “When they update the game, they change the coding of the game. They pull the game files and then they work around that to get the hack back up.”
Even after cheating for four months, this particular cheater has only ever had one account get permabanned. Activision have gone after the websites hosting these cheats, with one being down for a short amount of time, but it didn’t take long before the website was back up and running selling their cheats for as little as $10.
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