Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters will be trapped in a gulag of their own making
Infinity Ward has announced new steps in its efforts to combat cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare.
Starting this week, players who are suspected of cheating will be placed into their own separate lobbies by the matchmaking system. In other words, if you’re reported for cheating, you’ll still be allowed to play while Infinity Ward considers further action—you’ll just be forced to compete against a bunch of other people who might be cheating too. This additional step should provide a more immediate deterrent for cheating beyond simple bans, which can take time to enforce, and can be evaded easily in a free-to-play game like Warzone by simply creating a new account.
Additionally, the studio said it’s deployed “additional dedicated security updates” and expanded the resources available to combat cheating. Players who report someone they suspect is cheating will also now receive an alert if that player is subsequently banned. Finally, a future update will add the ability to report players while watching killcams or in spectate mode.
Combating cheating has become a massive effort for Infinity Ward. Earlier this month, the developer announced it had banned more than 70,000 cheaters from Warzone. Still, that number pales in comparison to the more than 50 million total players the battle royale game has seen since its launch.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone are available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.