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Tommey catches Warzone player cheating on stream after they deny it

Published: 6/Sep/2020 11:49 Updated: 8/Sep/2020 11:04

by Daniel Cleary

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Call of Duty pro and streamer Tom ‘Tommey’ Trewen has exposed a Warzone player for cheating live on his Twitch stream, after facing off against them in a 2v2 tournament.

While it was recently revealed that Activision has now started targeting websites that sell Call of Duty cheats, some players are still managing to slip through the cracks with in-game hacks.

One Warzone player, in particular, had even been streaming regularly and competing in online tournaments before he was challenged by European Call of Duty pro, Tommey in one of his recent broadcasts.

two warzone characters aiming their weapons
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Activision is starting to crack down on players cheating in Warzone.

During a 2v2 Warzone CMG tournament hosted by KaleiRenay, on September 5, Tommey and his teammate Almxnd came up against a player in the quarter-finals who viewers suspected of cheating.

While waiting for the quarter-final matchup, they had also become suspicious of the player called “Mingostyle”, who boasted a 5.2 k/d in-game. After watching his gameplay, Tommey called for him to show his screen during their games.

Update, September 8: Mingostyle’s Twitch channel is no longer available on the platform, presumably banned for his use of cheats. Twitch’s policy does not permit use of hacks or cheats to be used in games being played on stream.

Mingostyle did as requested, using his webcam to capture what could be hidden on stream, however, shortly before the match started, a gray tab with the same layout as a popular cheat menu appeared on the screen.

Tommey’s viewers quickly made the pro aware of the incident, causing him to back out and confront the player about his cheats on stream.

Mingostyle denied that it was a cheat menu, claiming that he purposefully put up a picture of cheats to trick the viewers, “I’m messing around, get a grip. I literally just got a picture.”

Tommey later reviewed the clip on his stream, pointing out flaws with the player’s argument and claiming that the supposed picture didn’t match up with the menu that appeared ahead of their match.

“He’s not the smartest bloke, I told you cheaters are stupid as s***,” Tommey explained, “he said that image is that, he hasn’t even got the same dimensions, he’s panicked and gone quick.”

Despite Mingostyle’s claims that he was innocent, the tournament organizer CMG handed the player a permanent suspension from their website, moving their last opponents into the quarter-finals in their place.  He’s also been banned from Twitch, and will presumably also face an in-game ban, once the developers are notified.

Tommey did not seem to let the cheating incident affect him too much, as he and Almxnd later went on an impressive run to win the entire Warzone 2v2 tournament.

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Controversial Warzone companion app makes big changes to stop SBMM exploits

Published: 5/Jan/2021 14:24

by Connor Bennett

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The controversial Warzone companion app that showed players the K/D’s and detailed stats of everyone in their lobby has made a number of changes in response to claims that it was ruining the battle royale.

Like many other multiplayer games, Call of Duty Warzone has been plagued with complaints and issues surrounding skill-based matchmaking – SBMM – and after the Black Ops Cold War integration, it’s still a major issue.

The debate about SBMM was intensified further when some PC players started using an unofficial Warzone companion app as a way to find if there were cheaters in their game. However, the app allowed users to get a detailed overview of the other teams and players in their lobby before the game started, so they could pick and choose who they wanted to play against.

Some players claimed that the app had gone beyond just outing cheaters and was “ruining” the game altogether. Though, the app’s creators have stepped in and made some changes. 

Warzone companion app showing stats of a lobby
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The companion app allowed PC players to see incredibly detailed stats in Warzone lobbies.

According to Eurogamer, the team behind the app – COD Stats – rolled out a patch on January 4, making it so that certain stats would no longer show up until after the pre-match warm-up period had ended.

Previously, the stats would be available during the warm-up period, so players could duck out pretty quickly if they didn’t like what they were up against. Users could also report potential cheaters before a game, but this is now not possible.

Dmitry Shymko, the owner of the app and COD Stats site, told Eurogamer that the app had been intended to be used as a tool to “help the community” and “highlight” cheaters. “What is a bit sad is most of the discussion is focused on finding ways to abuse but not about the advantages and positive sides of the app,” he said. 

Though it has been changed, the app is not going away. Shymko added that he and his team will still be taking on feedback to develop the app moving forward.

Whether or not the app continues to be a hot button topic for Warzone players after its changes, however, remains to be seen.