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Warzone hacker shows why CoD players want to avoid cross-play

Published: 20/Apr/2020 19:59

by Alan Bernal

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The growing wave of hackers in Warzone is making many in the Call of Duty console community want to avoid cross-play with PC players altogether.

Modern Warfare’s battle royale has been subjected to a burgeoning problem with cheaters since its launch. From aimbots, wallhacks, and even speed hacks, CoD users can come across multiple instances of problematic players.

Luckily, not everyone has come across these hackers, but after checking out XB1-Space_1776’s gameplay, it’s pretty clear to see how one cheater can instantly ruin an entire Warzone match for others.

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Warzone players are getting taken by surprise from the game’s hackers.

With a contract almost expiring, Space1776 momentarily exposed themselves to a nearby rooftop where an enemy was perched.

But unlike a regular player, once they opened fire on the ground level opponent, their opposing members were instantly deleted. A laserbeam of bullets reigned down directly at their target and only stopped exactly when the downed player was completely eliminated.

The killcam for the elimination instantly did away with any doubt that the attacker was using an aimbot. After killing Space1776, the player’s gun magnetized to another nearby opponent, immediately downing them as well.

Another Day, Another Game with Cheaters. IW, You NEED to disable cross-play with PC until you fix this. from r/CODWarzone

“Another day, another game with cheaters,” Space1776 IW said. “[Activision, you] NEED to disable cross-play with PC until you fix this.”

While there is a method to opt-out of crossplay on consoles, a 150-user game like Warzone needs as big of a player pool as possible for people to get regular queue times.

But because of the growing problem with cheaters on PC servers, some players are willing to avoid cross-play for higher quality matches.

XB1-Space_1776 via Reddit
The Warzone player must have had a sick gaming chair to hit those shots, or they were hacking.

“In the perfect world, the default setting would be crossplay between PS4 and Xbox without PC,” user ‘rogue_psycho’ said. “And an option to turn on crossplay with PC players for people that want to play with their PC friends.”

Infinity Ward have been doing their part to combat hackers in Warzone and Modern Warfare. The company announced on March 31 that they had banned over 50,000 accounts and laid out the groundwork of how they’re dealing with incoming cheaters.

As the Call of Duty community finds hackers across their games, players will want to see more action from the developers.

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Black Ops Cold War CODE Bowl announced: how to watch & participants

Published: 3/Dec/2020 22:37

by Tanner Pierce

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Activision has announced the second iteration of the CODE Bowl, which brings together high-profile esports players and members of the US and UK military esports teams to help raise money for the Call of Duty Endowment. Here’s what you need to know.

The Call of Duty Endowment has been raising money for veterans for a while now. The company, which was started in 2009, helps veterans find jobs after their deployment. In 2019, the owner of the company, Activision, held the first Modern Warfare CODE Bowl, which brought together major streamers and members of the US Army esports team.

Fast forward to December 2020 and Activision is continuing this tradition with two major changes: Black Ops Cold War is the name of the game this time around, and members of the UK military will also be participating. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the tournament.

Who’s participating?

Like last year’s tournament, the 2020 CODE Bowl will feature teams made up of famous streamers/pro-players, including Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, TeeP, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt. According to Activision, more will be announced in the near future.

Beyond that, however, those players will be joined by members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Space Force, as well as members of the UK British Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

In addition, each team will be coached by a “Call of Duty League professional” but the exact list of those people has yet to be announced.

Currently, it’s unknown how the teams will be split, but all in all, it should make for a pretty interesting dynamic.

How can I watch the 2020 CODE Bowl?

According to Activision, the 2020 CODE Bowl is set to take place on December 11, 2020, at 6:00 PM GMT. If you’re unsure about what time that is in your area, we’ve broken it down for you below:

  • 1 PM EST
  • 10 AM PST
  • 3 AM JST (Saturday, December 12, 2020)
  • 5 AM AEDT (Saturday, December 12, 2020)

In addition, the event will be streamed entirely on Call of Duty’s YouTube and Twitch channels. It’s currently unknown if the event is going to be streamed on the above players’ respective accounts, but one would imagine they would be. Embeds for each stream will be added once they become available.