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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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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.