Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software says it banned more than 50,000 cheaters from the game in a pair of ban waves applied to the game the week of Friday, July 16.
Cheaters are a constant problem in any online multiplayer game, where players desperate for a competitive advantage turn to hacking the game to get it. In a game as popular as Warzone, that problem is only magnified, and fans of the game have long complained that the developers behind it have failed to do enough to sort the problem out and eliminate cheating.
Raven Software has been working to improve things in Warzone since it took over stewardship of the battle royale from Infinity Ward. They gave fans an update on their efforts in a tweet published Friday.
"Has been a while since our last anti-cheat update!" Raven Software tweeted. "Two #Warzone ban waves this week. Over 50,000 accounts banned combined."
Raven said the ban wave targeted repeat offenders "and much more."
Repeat offenders are a particularly tricky challenge to tackle for developers such as Raven. Even if the studio correctly identifies and bans the offending account, the player behind the account can simply make another. With a free-to-play game like Warzone, that process is both cheap and easy.
Raven's last anti-cheat update came May 14, when the studio said it had banned over 30,000 accounts in the latest wave. In total, the studio has banned over half a million accounts.