Activision gives 60,000 Call of Duty cheaters the boot

Activision gives 60,000 Call of Duty cheaters the boot

Publishing giant Activision has said that it has kicked another 60,000 people for cheating in Call of Duty and Warzone.

In a blog post, the firm has said that it has banned 300,000 accounts to date. Bad actors have been thwarted by weekly security updates, improved in-game reporting systems as well as adding two-factor authentication. That last measure has apparently helped "invalidated" more than 180,000 "suspect" accounts.

This is on top of Activision apparently going after "numerous" third-party software providers – aka cheat makers and distributors.

"The security and enforcement teams have additional measures coming – both preventative and enforcement – throughout this year to root out both cheaters and cheat providers," Activision wrote.

"We know cheaters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities, and we continue to dedicate resources 24/7 to identify and combat cheats, including aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, hex editors and any third party software that is used to manipulate game data or memory."

The firm also says that Raven Software will be taking lead role for managing monthly security updates for Warzone.

Activision has been rather aggressive in taking on cheaters in Call of Duty and its free-to-play battle royale Warzone title. Within months of the latter's launch, the firm had permanently banned 50,000 accounts from the game.

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