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Cheater gives Modern Warfare devs tips to prevent hackers and aimbotters

by Alan Bernal

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In a strange turn of events, a cheater in titles like Grand Theft Auto and Battlefield 4 offered a way for the Modern Warfare devs to keep hackers and aimbotters from ruining Multiplayer, as well as Warzone.

The situation with hackers has been ruining the overall gameplay experience from Infinity Ward’s latest Call of Duty. In fact, the problem has gotten so out of hand that the community have called for permanent bans for cheaters in the past.

But that doesn’t mean that Activision and IW aren’t trying to nail the hackers to their game. On March 31, they announced that they’ve banned over 50,000 accounts for some kind of cheating, and more are expected to come.

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From Multiplayer, Warzone, and more, hackers have been making online Modern Warfare difficult to enjoy.

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That push to counteract cheaters was impressive, but wholly ineffective since there are still aimbotters, wall hackers, and the like festering in Modern Warfare’s servers to this day.

While there isn’t much the devs or publisher can do to stop all cheaters in their tracks, a Reddit user called ‘DeclanH23’ came forward about their past hacking habit to give a sort of formula to weed out the aimbotters.

“I was a prevalent user of mods on Battlefield 4 and I’m currently on GTA Online,” they said. “So let me tell you exactly how to set up a system to stop aimbotters in their tracks.”

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The cheater's stats in Battlefield 4 which could hold a clue on how to prevent aimbotters in Modern Warfare.

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When DeclanH23 hacked in BF4 (another FPS title) there were certain weapons that they, and other hackers, would commonly use – they referred to these as "prime aimbotter weapons."

Well the stats attached to their account, like headshots per death, kills per minute, longest kill streaks, and more were wildly above the norm. And it’s here how they believe Infinity Ward could thwart aimbotters.

“[Infinity Ward] should analyse which weapons in [their] game would be perfect for aimbotters, and closely examine the statistics.”

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There could be some metrics for IW to use to spot out aimbotters in Modern Warfare.

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They said that IW’s system should be “absolutely screeching if a player is new, has gone straight into warzone and their headshots per kill is 5 times the average.”

To make the hunt for aimbotters much easier, they suggest the devs consider making a formula that accounts for “accuracy, score, kills, headshots and time played with each gun,” and then weed out any player who is significantly outside of the average.

Aimbotters typically get really smart when employing their cheats, so a bit of wisdom from a seasoned cheater could give Modern Warfare the tools it needs to prevent them from further ruining games.