Vikkstar and NICKMERCS send warning to Warzone devs over hacking problem - Dexerto
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Vikkstar and NICKMERCS send warning to Warzone devs over hacking problem

Published: 23/Jul/2020 10:54 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 8:56

by Jacob Hale


Popular Warzone content creators Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Singh Barn and Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff are reaching the end of their tether with the abundance of hackers in the game.

Cheating in Warzone is nothing new; they’ve been evident ever since the game launched and, despite steps taken from Infinity Ward and Activision to find and ban hackers, the problem continues to persist.


With many in the community really starting to lose patience, it’s becoming even tougher for the Warzone devs as top YouTubers and streamers are now calling them out and asking for changes to be made — really piling the pressure on.

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Warzone hacks allow players to track enemies through walls and have no recoil, among other things.

Tweeting during his MFAM Gauntlet Warzone tournament on July 22, NICKMERCS tweeted out that “hackers might actually ruin Warzone,” adding that they “really felt that sh*t” on the day.


This isn’t a new complaint, and you regularly see the bigger personalities in the CoD scene calling out hackers or addressing the issue, but it is more concerning when the MFAM Gauntlet is actually backed by Activision.

Nick wasn’t the only person having a rough day of things, though, as Vikkstar’s July 21 YouTube upload also addressed the issue, saying that he’s sending footage to the Warzone devs in hopes that something gets done.

In the video, you can see the footage of Vikk and his teammates facing a team of blatant hackers: tracking them through walls, spin-botting and automatically snapping onto their heads.


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As Vikk says at the start of the video, if you watch or play a lot of Warzone, you’ll know how regular an occurrence this is, and even the best players in the world are desperate for the devs to do something about it.

There’s hasn’t been a big update on the state of hacking in Warzone for a while, but the situation is clearly getting out of hand and Infinity Ward will want to try and get a grasp on the issue before it’s too late.

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“Broken” Warzone skin is too hard to see & players aren’t happy about it

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.

Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.


Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.

With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game. 

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Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.

In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars. 

Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.

I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay? from CODWarzone

As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.


One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”

Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.


As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.


Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.

Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.