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Warzone Developer Issues New Ban Wave Before Season 2

Warzone Developer Issues New Ban Wave Before Season 2
Warzone Developer Issues New Ban Wave Before Season 2 | Photo courtesy of Activision

The Warzone developer, Raven Software, issued a new ban wave before the start of Season 2. This is the third ban wave in February, resulting in more than 60,000 players removed from Warzone because of various cheating methods.

Nearly a year after its release, Warzone has become one of the most popular battle royales. Weapon balances and other in-game exploits (such as the stim glitch) have been criticized by players, but nothing has been more frustrating than encountering players using cheats. Raven Software's anti-cheat system has been widely ridiculed for a while now, but it seems that the developer is looking to clean up as much of Warzone as possible ahead of Season 2.

Warzone Developer Issues New Ban Wave Before Season 2

It's unclear how many players were banned in this most recent wave, but the total number of banned has reached more than 300,000. The Call of Duty staff reported earlier this month that they've taken the following steps towards eliminating cheater from Call of Duty and Warzone alike:

  • Weekly backend security updates
  • Improved in-game reporting mechanisms
  • Added 2-factor authentication, which has invalidated over 180,000 suspect accounts
  • Eliminated numerous unauthorized third party software providers
  • Increased dedicated teams and resources across software development, engineering, data science, legal, and monitoring

Taking serious measures to prevent cheaters from infesting Warzone is a constant request by fans, but this measure has also resulted in the ban of some accounts for players who haven't used cheats. Undoubtedly there are great players in Warzone, and quite a few content creators that fall under this category who have received a "shadow ban", such as Facebook Gaming Partner and Tempo Storm Personality Andrew "Rexzilla" Lisle.

Like Rexzilla, most players who receive a shadow ban are able to prove that they don't use cheats, but nonetheless it's clear that refining the Warzone anti-cheat system is at forefront of the developer's mind.