Call Of Duty Warzone has become a bit hit since it launched, way surpassing any previous attempt at a Call of Duty Battle Royale. It has one major problem though. This is something that all players have experienced, whether you’re messing around in public matches or watching the most high-level players duke it out. Warzone cheating is a problem. It is weirdly prevalent in the game. But is their more to this than just the cheating? Is Warzone cheating any worse than in any other shooter game?
Cheating in video games is about as old as playing the games themselves. The early shooter games gave players an array of in-built cheats to get a little bit more fun out of the title. Since shooters have shifted to online play though, cheating has changed. In the past, cheating in a game let you get more enjoyment out of the game. Now, cheating only serves to give you a competitive advantage and to ruin the fun of other players. Most developers take steps to get ahead of cheaters, to prevent them from entirely ruining a game. Some do this better than others though.
The big question with Warzone cheating is if Infinity Ward are doing enough to keep the integrity of the game intact. At the moment, it seems like Warzone cheating might be a lot more extreme than we see in other games.
Is Warzone Cheating a Major Problem for Players and Esports?
Cheating in an online game always feels like a big problem, especially when you’re killed by a cheater yourself. In most games though, cheating is a fairly minor problem with developers taking steps to catch and punish any cheaters. In Warzone, it does feel worse. You only have to look at the streams of major pro players to see how often cheaters can hit players.
As well as seeing it with big players, most Warzone players have experienced cheaters themselves. These players have actually managed to go above and beyond with the cheating, even using aimbots to shoot dropping players right out of the sky.
These are anecdotal examples, but it really shows how brazen Warzone cheating is. Cheaters in Warzone are confident that they regularly pull off stuff like this since there seems to be no effort being made to stop Warzone cheaters.
Is Infinity Ward Doing Enough to Stop Warzone Cheating?
Back in late April early May, Infinity Ward pushed out two updates for Warzone with an aim to stop cheating. It did appear to work for a time. During these updates, we saw relapsed players who had been burnt by cheating make their way back to the game.
As with all anti-cheating measures though nothing lasts forever. Players find a way around it. Infinity Ward hasn’t kept up with the new ways that players cheat, and more serious enforcements are needed if they actually want to keep the game working as it should. Their solution has been to ask nicely.
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) July 24, 2020
Infinity War isn’t doing enough to sort out Warzone cheating unless you count saying ‘please don’t cheat’ as doing a lot. They might be a victim of the game’s success, with most Call of Duty games only having a shelf-life of a year then this long-term support we’ve seen for Modern Warfare and Warzone is fairly unprecedented. Infinity Ward still has the resources to combat Warzone cheating though. We’ll have to hope they step up their efforts if Warzone is to maintain its popularity because at the moment it’s a problem.