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Infinity Ward criticized for response to Warzone hackers

Published: 25/Jul/2020 16:39 Updated: 25/Jul/2020 16:41

by Daniel Cleary

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Modern Warfare developers Infinity Ward have received backlash from Call of Duty players over their latest response to the cheaters in Warzone.

Since Modern Warfare released its free battle royale title, Warzone, on March 10, it has attracted many of the biggest gaming content creators, as well as millions of players around the world.

Despite its incredible popularity, Warzone and its players have endured a significant and growing number of cheaters in recent weeks and months, and called on Infinity Ward to address the problem.

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Warzone players are frustrated over the number of cheaters in Verdansk.

Infinity Ward finally issued a response on July 24, revealing that “more banwaves are coming” and warning players that they will be punished for using any mods or hacks in-game.

However, there were mixed reactions to the developer’s statement, with some Call of Duty personalities and pro players voicing their concern over the apparent lack of action taken so far.

Infinity Ward criticized for Warzone cheating response

CDL analyst and commentator Joe ‘MerK’ DeLuca highlighted the statement, later adding that this would “entice [cheaters] more,” and received plenty of replies from pro players and streamers who were also disappointed.

Call of Duty world champions, Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price and Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan were among the many to express their disappointment, mocking the devs for their approach to the issue.

“Look we’re gonna ban some people, but like in the meantime, please just don’t,” ACHES added, imitating the Warzone devs’ response.

Dallas Empire star James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks also made light of the response, joking that the cheaters would all stop after Infinity Ward’s warning.

Huntsmen and NRG Co-CEO, Hector ‘H3cz’ Rodriguez later responded to another glitch that was found in Modern Warfare, joking that the devs could just “put out a graphic” for that as well.

NRG content creator Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards also replied to the Warzone cheating post, explaining that, while he was happy with the devs addressing the issue, he would prefer that an anti-cheat system over the current ban waves.

However, despite some of the criticism, there were also top streamers such as TimTheTatman, NICKMERCS, and more that were seemingly happy with the steps being taken.


Other players have called for an anti-cheat to be added to help combat this issue, although it is unclear if Infinity Ward intends to add one anytime soon.

The Warzone devs have announced some of these ban waves before for Warzone and Modern Warfare, however, it was followed by complaints of players claiming they had been unfairly banned.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.