Call of Duty

Activision Confirms Hardware Bans Applied to Repeat Warzone Cheaters

Activision has banned close to half a million accounts.
Activision has banned close to half a million accounts. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Activision has confirmed it applies hardware bans to tamp down on "repeat or serial" cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Warzone players have long complained about cheaters in the game and claimed that Activision's efforts to undermine those cheaters fall short of what's required. That cheaters could simply create new, free accounts made it easy for them to get back in the action even after a ban.

Hardware bans, which prevent players from playing the game on the same console or PC even if they make a new account, are among the most difficult punitive actions to circumvent. To do so requires the purchase of a new console or PC, making it particularly costly for cheaters to continue cheating.

"Removing cheaters and taking away their ability to move to alternate accounts is a key focus for the security teams," Activision said in a blog post updating players on its anti-cheat progress.

Activision also says it has targeted "fraudulent, black market accounts used by repeat offenders," with bans, further cutting down the ways cheaters can play around being banned.

More than 475,000 accounts have been banned over the course of Warzone's lifetime.

Video game cheating continues to grow despite efforts from the biggest gaming companies in the world to stamp it out. Police in China shut down a cheat manufacturing operation with $76 million in revenue at the end of March in cooperation with mega-conglomerate Tencent. Police seized $46 million in assets during the raid.