Anti-hacking measures preventing the sale of hacked Call of Duty: Warzone accounts appear to be finding success, per a Motherboard report.
Although Warzone is free, it's full of cosmetics that either cost real money or require major time investments. This unlocks are tied to specific accounts, and hackers will frequently take over accounts that have these unlocks in order to resell them without the owner's permission. The resale value for such hacked accounts can climb as high as $300, Motherboard reports. That number jumps up to a staggering $2,000 for accounts that have the Damascus weapon skins unlocked.
But Activision's efforts to clamp down on these resales appears to be having an effect, according to Discord messages Motherboard reviewed.
"Since accounts are in short supply due to security measures changing, we'll now be offering a variety of unlock services," reads an announcement in a Discord channel for account sales. "In short we can help you unlock pretty much anything in [Modern Warfare/Cold War]."
One of the channel's administrators described the market as "pretty much fucked in terms of lobbies and accounts," and a listing by another seller and admin from another channel showed it was "out of stock."
These shortages are the result of a new security measure Activision has implemented, according to a Motherboard source with knowledge of anti-cheat technology. The new measure is a captcha system that slows the automated tools hackers use to get into accounts using public lists of previously hacked passwords. Activision is also capable of tracking and identifying stocks and account farms, banning them all at once.
Although this development will mean fewer players connected to the cheating ecosystem running rampant in Warzone, it does little to affect players who actively cheat in matches. That remains a major sticking point for many of the game's legitimate players.