A third-party companion app for Call of Duty: Warzone is sparking outrage from those concerned with the negative implications it could have on competitive integrity.
In a competitive climate in which the terms "skill-based matchmaking (SBMM)," "reverse boosting" and "Kill/Death (K/D) Ratio" generate genuine animosity among CoD players, the Warzone Companion app could be the latest point in the discussion.
In recent days, promotion of the app has been making the rounds on Twitter, sparking criticisms and concerns from players such as content creator JaredFPS.
"I can see every single team and what their K/D averages together," JaredFPS says while demonstrating functions of the app. "So if I'm in a tournament I'd be like, 'Oh, let's back out. Let's try a different lobby.' Until you get a 0.8 or 0.9 average K/D."
In addition to analyzing SBMM, the app warns users of cheat suspects. However, JaredFPS claims the beta feature can oftentimes falsely eye any strong player.
"When I used it," JaredFPS said, "it showed me one hacker in my lobby, and that hacker was itsEyeQuw, who isn't a hacker. It's just a really good player doing sub games, and he came in my chat to verify this and everything that that's what he was doing."
Although the app has raised concerns for tournaments moving forward, it will be interesting to see how much of an impact Warzone Companion has on casual play as well.