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Call of Duty: Warzone bans 20,000 cheaters as Season 6 starts

Published: 08:01, 30 September 2020
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In tune with the start of Season 6, Activision swung the banhammer on 20,000 Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters, among whom are a few celebrities of sorts.

Now, 20,000 banned Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters can be considered a lot, or little depending on your metrics, but the fact there are more than a few is undeniable. 

As reported by Vice, Activision have performed the latest round of cheater removals, and it seems that many are related to a freshly uncovered cheat called EngineOwning. They cited their sources who are "familiar with the matter", but it's unclear whether all the bans are related to the aforementioned cheat. 

It turns out that a fairly popular Call of Duty: Warzone streamer Nick "Wagnificent" Wagner was caught by Activision's banhammer, as his Monday's game was cut short by a computer freeze. Restarting didn't help much, as he was met with a message saying, "Account permanently banned".

Indeed, EngineOwning's website lists Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019, which covers Warzone as well, as detected. Wagner refused to comment on whether he used the cheat as he came back playing on Tuesday on a friend's account. 

It doesn't take an Activision employee to prove that cheaters always end up getting caught, as methods of cheating are bound to be discovered eventually, but Vice interviewed a former worker who shared the following words of wisdom. 

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"It's rare that any one particular cheat will last long term without getting detected at some point. It’s always a game of cat and mouse, people that actively use cheats should understand it's highly likely you'll be banned at some point and you'll just have yourself to blame."

Thanks, Vice

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