Warzone devs respond to claims anti-cheat was ‘turned off’ as they ban thousands

Connor Bennett
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The Call of Duty Warzone devs has responded to claims that Ricochet anti-cheat was “disabled” for a period, allowing cheaters to run riot as they’ve now banned thousands of hackers.

Like pretty much every multiplayer game out there, Call of Duty has had it’s fair share of issues with cheaters and hackers over the years. Some, at times, have been pretty harmless, bringing new gamemodes to multiplayer that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise.

However, when it comes to Warzone, there hasn’t been anything fun about the cheats. A mass influx of aim bots and wall hacks towards the end of the Verdansk era pushed many players into the arms of Fortnie and Apex Legends, and prompted the CoD devs to unveil their Ricochet anti-cheat.

The anti-cheat has been rather successful, banning tens of thousands of players in routine banwaves. New wrinkles have also been added to the mix with cheaters also being shadowbanned and unable to do damage to other players.

Warzone devs address claims that Ricochet anti-cheat was “disabled” 

With the release of Modern Warfare 3, hackers hadn’t been as prevalent as they once were, but players believe they’ve been on the rise. In fact, some cheat sellers claimed the devs had even “disabled” Ricochet for a period.

Well, the devs have now clapped back at those claims with a big ban wave. “The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team has been tracking a spike in cheating reports within the community. We are currently in test for additional security updates; however, the following updates have just been deployed: Disabled game code for limited-time perks (Ex. super speed),” the devs said on February 21. 

“As part of ongoing security updates, a single telemetry system was taken offline for upgrades over the weekend. This action resulted in cheat developers claiming RICOCHET Anti-Cheat was offline. It was not. As a result of monitoring activity over the weekend and the purposeful reactivation of this upgraded system, #TeamRICOCHET was able to identify and ban over 6000 accounts for cheating and hacking from February 16 – February 20.”

The devs added that the Ricochet team will continue to “work on security updates for issues across various modes in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare III” to combat cheating.

So, anyone who may have thought they’d get away with using hacks from now on are going to be in for a bit of a shock.

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