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Activision shut down another Warzone cheats site amid hacking crackdown

Published: 14/Sep/2020 23:27

by Alan Bernal

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Activision Blizzard have taken action against another Modern Warfare and Warzone marketplace for cheats, this time shutting down the hub for hackers.

It’s no secret that hacking/cheating is arguably the biggest issue Activision have faced following the release of Modern Warfare and especially since Warzone made its debut in March. The CoD publisher has been cracking down on outlets that supply programs or any other third-party tools to get a competitive edge.

Back in August, they reportedly filed a lawsuit against a different site, and now they’re taking aim at a second site. Dexerto won’t be naming the company to avoid any potential promotion, but the screencap below shows that the creator and distributor of hacks was given a Cease & Desist by Activision’s lawyers.

“In September 2020, Activision Blizzard’s attorneys had another Cease and Desist letter hand-delivered to me by who I assume was a (Personal Investigator), considering he knew family members by name and made a point to showcase that he did,” the seller of the cheats wrote.

Soon after the initial contact, the distributor said they received a follow-up communication from them claiming their attorneys “would litigate if (they) didn’t comply with continuation of stopped sales as well as a complete stoppage of interaction with and updating of any products related to their client’s products.”

It didn’t take long for them to comply with the orders to avoid further actions from the $13 billion company. Although the hack-seller said that they will “be looking to offer swaps from this product to other options in the extremely near future,” an indication that the cheat-network could be used for another title.

The site’s owner had their infrastructure of hacks and clients willing to purchase them for 11 months before Activision stepped in to shut it down.

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Activision Blizzard are taking action against sites that promote hacks and cheats for Warzone and Modern Warfare.

In late August, a different Warzone hacking site claimed the Call of Duty publisher had also contacted them about a potential lawsuit if the third-party tools weren’t taken down.

Parallels in both instances have amounted to the publisher threatening legal ramifications, the site owner taking down the hacking market, and multiple customers who bought MW cheats feeling dismayed while demanding refunds.

With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the horizon, Activision are making strides in thwarting people from acquiring these sort of hacks, especially since both the official professional and amateur competitive scenes will involve the use of PC for the first time in 2021.

Warzone cheatsAn example of a cheater in Warzone using wall-hacks to see enemy player locations and health.

Competitive players are concerned the addition of PC crossplay in the amateur Challengers division will compromise the scene’s integrity since it’s a lot easier to install and use these sorts of third-party hacks on a computer rather than console.

That’s exactly been the case in Warzone (which supports PC/PS4/Xbox One crossplay) – despite months of negative community feedback and everything Activision have tried, cheating continues to run rampant on Verdansk. Hopefully this shutdown of a hack distributor will be another step closer to finally eradicating those who break the rules.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun

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Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.

 

Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.