Since its launch in March, 'Call of Duty: Warzone' has been having serious issues with cheaters.
Unfortunately, as usual, most of the problems have come from the PC version of the game, where hacking and escaping bans through free account creation is much easier to do.
Ruining the experience for the rest of the PC player-base, many 'Warzone' players on Xbox One and PS4 have decided to turn off cross-play functionality so that they don't have as big a risk of being put in a hacked lobby.
In an attempt to tackle the hackers, developer Infinity Ward recently announced new precautions which are being taken to make it much harder for PC hackers to create unlimited accounts and cheat.
As another layer of security, Infinity Ward have enabled mandatory two-step SMS authentication for anyone who logs into a free 'Warzone' account. This means that cheaters who have been banned previously will have to make a new account with a different phone number to the one they used last time. Without another phone on-hand, they shouldn't be able to play the game again.
While this might be a bit of a pain for the rest of the non-cheating player-base, it's seemingly working a charm, with hackers already complaining about the difficulties the new system is causing for them.
CharlieIntel spotted one Reddit user complaining on a 'Call of Duty' forum that they can no longer cheat. They rant that "the cheats work, but you will never be able to play the game again.
"Now I can never play Warzone again because the account that had my phone number on it is shadowbanned.
"I thought it would be fine since I could just make a bunch of throwaway accounts, but since Activision has made it so you have to set up your account with a valid phone number, [it] basically makes the game unplayable for me."
Whether or not you believe in karma, this is a brilliant example of someone who tried to ruin the experience for others, just to end up ruining the experience for themselves.
According to the Redditor who shared this incredible whine, there are hacking forums all over the internet full of angry cheaters who aren't able to get away with it anymore.
Not everyone was certain that Infinity Ward's new changes would actually make a difference, but based on this, it looks like it's working exactly as intended. Brilliant.
Maybe this will encourage hackers to actually get good at the game instead of destroying the experience for everyone else. Or maybe they'll just carry on complaining. Either option works fine.
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