Activision Comes For 'Call Of Duty' Cheaters (And Fails Elmer Fudd-style)
In August of 2021, Call of Duty's official Twitter account cockily used footage of a cheater getting banned to announce to the world that they're coming to get all cheaters – after a decent headstart as the manhunt will only commence by the end of the year. Are they busy with something?
“Phase Two is us ambushing cheaters with Joey Greco and a TV crew.”
The cheater caught in the clip, rushman360, had originally taken to Twitter to complain that he was shocked to learn that he'd been hardware-banned. That kind of ban typically means that it'd be useless for the cheater to create another account to circumvent the ban, as most cheaters do. If any component from his computer found its way into a game, the user's computer would get instantly tossed out like the darker parts of Reagan history in COD: Cold War's story mode.
As a response, rushman360 said that he'd no longer cheat on Warzone, leading cheaters all over the world to quit cheating before Activision's crackdown really started, just to make sure. Then they all apologized and promised not to-- we kid. Even though he claimed that he had been banned, rushman360 never really stopped playing COD, let alone stopped cheating. Below is a short clip by a spy who caught rushman360 on the act once, but a cheat buckling epic where he openly uses his training wheels for nearly two hours on his YouTube channel.
The guy's cheats are so good that the name of the video indicates he knew we'd end up writing about his feats.
We don't even know whether Activision ever really hardware-banned the person they boasted about catching in the first place, or if cheaters can just instantly MacGyver their way into getting new components that just bypass Activision's (apparently not that serious) new anti-cheating algorithm.
There's still some promise to this system, as it might still be in its infancy and with a long way to go – is what we would have said if they hadn't already made similar claims back in 2020. (A time when they didn't even gloat about banning someone who probably never even logged off.)
Top Image: Activision