Call of Duty Warzone demand change after latest ban wave

Olivia Richman • August 11, 23:12

Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software announced that another 50,000 cheaters have been banned from the battle royale. But this was immediately met with eye rolls from the frustrated Warzone community. 

Raven Software announced the ban wave on August 11, stating that developers are “listening and hard at work behind the scenes.” But the expressed sentiment wasn’t enough for most Call of Duty players. The free-to-play game has been riddled with cheaters for a long time now, with competitive players estimating that over 50% of games include a hacker.

Many big-name streamers have also given up on the game, sick of dealing with blatant cheating every time they broadcast Warzone. This includes Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff and Herschel “Dr Disrespect” Beahm IV. 

“I am not playing that game, I can’t do it, I am done. I am loading up fucking Apex. I am going to have fun for an hour,” NICKMERCS said during a particularly frustrating stream. 

Dr Disrespect had the same reaction to the ongoing hacker issue. In late July, the Two-Time said he was going to uninstall Warzone, calling it “boring” and “sickening.” He announced that he was moving to Apex Legends that day. 

Latest 50,000 cheater ban wave not enough for Warzone fans

After so much frustration, Call of Duty players were not impressed with the announcement that 50,000 cheater accounts had been banned from Warzone. This is the same number of bans that were distributed in the June ban wave. Raven Software has now banned 650,000 cheaters since Warzone’s release in 2020.

And it’s still not enough for many Warzone players. 

Beyond these ban waves and a few cheat provider sites, Raven Software has not taken enough action against hackers to satisfy players despite the loud outcry from fans. Some players have even contemplated boycotting the game until something more is done. Without proper anti-cheat software, the problem seems to only grow worse. 

After Raven Software announced the 50,000-player ban wave, Warzone players replied that many cheaters would simply make a new account. Without sufficient anti-cheat methods, the ban wave meant essentially nothing to fans and players, who guessed that 50,000 new cheaters had probably already arrived to replace the banned ones. 

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