Cheats in line of fire

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE­STYLE - SEAN KEACH

MORE than 50,000 Call of Duty play­ers have been per­ma­nently banned from the game for cheat­ing in the War­zone mode.

It’s a stag­ger­ing crack­down given that War­zone was only re­leased to the pub­lic on March 10 – just over a month ago.

A per­ma­nent ban means the player’s ac­count is never al­lowed to play on Call of Duty again.

It’s the tough­est pun­ish­ment a game maker can hand out to a player – aside from le­gal ac­tion.

Forms of hack­ing in­clude us­ing “aim­bots” to tar­get en­e­mies or “wall hacks” to see through struc­tures.

“There’s no place for cheat­ing in games,” Ac­tivi­sion said.

“War­zone has zero tol­er­ance for cheaters. We take all forms of cheat­ing very se­ri­ously.

“Main­tain­ing a level and fair play­ing field for ev­ery­one is among our high­est pri­or­i­ties.”

Ac­tivi­sion says it has se­cu­rity teams mon­i­tor­ing Call of Duty 24/7 to in­ves­ti­gate cheat­ing.

And the com­pany has promised to im­prove the in­ter­face for re­port­ing cheaters in-game.

The game maker says all in-game re­ports are an­a­lysed and in­ves­ti­gated.

If a player is found to be cheat­ing – in­clud­ing us­ing “hacks” – then bans will be handed out quickly.

Ac­tivi­sion also says it will be pro­vid­ing a reg­u­lar count on the lat­est num­ber of play­ers banned.

“Sim­ply put there’s no place for cheat­ing,” Ac­tivi­sion said.

“We recog­nise that there’s no sin­gle so­lu­tion for com­bat­ing cheaters, it’s a con­stant en­force­ment ev­ery day, 24/7.

“Rest as­sured, we’re com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing a fun and fair ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one.”

Pic­ture: Con­tributed

ZERO TOL­ER­ANCE: Cheat­ing in the War­zone mode of Call of Duty will get you per­ma­nently banned.

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