With new ban waves being rolled out at a consistent rate in 2021, more Warzone players are being blocked than ever before. But just how many accounts have actually been banned in the popular battle royale?
When it comes to hackers in Warzone, it can often feel like an insurmountable problem. Without a strict anti-cheat system in place to ban players on the spot just yet, the community has to rely on occasional ban waves from Raven Software.
These updates can strike at random times and seemingly knock down a different portion of the player base with each instance. Some have been drastic, taking out tens of thousands while others have been quite minuscule in comparison.
But with every ban wave to date, just how many problematic accounts have been removed from the game? Here’s what we know for certain.
After a long stretch of relative silence on the issues throughout 2020, a major update was finally issued in February 2021. In this blog post, we learned that a whopping 60,000 accounts were banned from the game all at once.
As one of the biggest ban waves in Warzone’s history, that drove the total number to more than 300,000 bans at the time. Since then, we’ve seen more consistent ban waves than ever before.
A March 23 update blocked 13,000 accounts from the game, a subsequent April 8 update blocked another 15,000, and another on April 13 saw 30,000 more accounts cut down.
In the weeks that followed, more sizeable banwaves came through as Raven Software confirmed a grand total of more than 600,000 account bans in Warzone.
A warning to cheaters: our new PC anti-cheat is coming and we’re dedicated to rooting out active and repeat offenders today.
— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) August 25, 2021
Obviously, this number changes every day. With more accounts blocked every hour, the total figure is constantly rising. We’ll be sure to update you here as any new information comes to light.
In the meantime, you can rest assured hackers are finally getting punished for their actions in Warzone. A full-fledged anti-cheat system has been confirmed for Vanguard, meaning hackers’ days are numbered.