In light of ongoing struggles with hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone, some of the world’s best players — including Symfuhny, TeePee and Jukeyz — are considering tournament boycotts until Activision delivers a working anti-cheat.
Competitive integrity requires a fair playing field and that, especially among higher-skill lobbies, has not been the case in Activision’s battle royale. Despite numerous high-volume ban waves, Verdansk remains beset by cheaters using everything from wall hacks to aimbots.
For high-profile streamers, who also have the ever-looming nuisance of stream snipers to contend with, this situation can prove an infinitely frustrating one. Past playing casual matches, the frustration compounds when a cheater’s interference derails a chance at playing for money.
This has become the case for three of Warzone’s most renowned competitors, Mason ‘Symfuhny’ Lanier, Tyler ‘TeeP’ Polchow and Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James. All three sit in the top 15 among earners from Verdansk’s tournaments and seem to consider the relentless presence of cheaters as a principal reason why they’re no longer committed to competing in tourneys.
Symfuhny talking about his break from competitive Warzone
"there's no point in me playing tournaments. The amount of stress involved in the tournaments when there's just cheaters left and right, and you never really have any idea.. it's just not worth it" pic.twitter.com/kvkXmaafts
— Wicked Good Gaming (@WickedGoodGames) January 26, 2021
Symfuhny, one of the most successful Warzone streamers around, grew so disincentivized with the game that he began dipping into variety content. In December and January, he skipped tournaments, opting to play games like Rust instead, to the point that he couldn’t retain a spot in our top 7 players for the month.
Having opted out of yet another big-bucks tournament (the $25K Code Red event), Sym explains precisely why he is “taking a break” from competing: “The amount of stress involved in the tournaments when there’s just cheaters left and right … it’s just not worth it.”
Jukeyz, a Warzone star despite playing in tournaments with rough ping from across the pond, did play in the $25K event — but then suggested he may no longer accept invites.
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Chalk the tournament we shouldn't be even playing for such money with the state this game is in with hackers & stream snipers in fact chalk all the tournaments until something is done about it
— Li (@jukeyz) January 28, 2021
Citing a Warzone state of affairs derailed by cheating and stream snipers, the mechanically gifted competitor proffered that the community should “chalk all the tournament until something is done about it.”
And, lastly, while TeeP also competed in the tournament — he cryptically suggested that it might be his last. In response, DougIsRaw explained why his teammate likely felt that way.
Not only gassing this tweet but putting some light on it
This game is in a terrible spot and No1 seems to be doing anything about it. People like Sym aren’t even competing today because of the atrocity that happens.
Let’s run it today Teep https://t.co/6NytdS8VKD
— Doug (@DougisRaw) January 28, 2021
Hoping to add “some light” to TeeP’s cryptic statement, Doug referenced Sym’s decision not to compete and claimed that Warzone “is in a terrible spot and no one seems to be doing anything about it.”
With the last major ban wave against cheaters coming months ago at the end of September 2020, it’s clear that Verdansk’s finest are growing increasingly frustrated with the issues impacting their battlefield. It remains to be seen how quickly, or effectively, Activision intends on addressing these problems.