Activision's Ricochet Anti-Cheat Team isn't messing around, as their progress report reveals massive strides in banning hacker accounts.
Call of Duty titles have been marred by cheaters and hackers over the years, leading to Activision's Ricochet Anti-Cheat initiative. Activision's response to cheaters has been met with both praise and criticism by fans of the series. Hackers have been reduced drastically since the implementation of this initiative, but the program isn't perfect as players still encounter lobbies that have been hacked.
Recently, Activision released a progress report from the team behind Ricochet detailing their experiences during the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II open beta. A notable section of this report gives readers an impressive look at how effective Ricochet has been when detecting and banning hacker accounts.
Per the report, a total of 20,000 bans were enacted during the open beta and over 60,000 took place before the beta began. From those bans, it was also reported that 72% were detected before a match could be played. On average, the rest of those who were able to sneak past were banned after five matches. These statistics are sure to put players at ease when wondering whether the Ricochet initiative continues to prove effective.
That being said, there were a couple of hiccups for the Ricochet team. Players found themselves being immediately taken out of matches on account of friendly fire. The progress report did mention that players affected shouldn't worry about this being a reoccurring problem as the issue was resolved after a short period.