Cheating is a big problem for highly competitive multiplayer games and remains a problem for shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone. Warzone has been plagued by fraud since its launch, and Activision has taken steps to resolve this issue. However, one way to eradicate scammers and hackers can hurt some regular players.
Call of Duty: Warzone has in-game features that allow players to report any type of cheating to other players. However, various Call of Duty players and content creators have reported that they have been “shadow-banned” for cheating, even though they have not cheated in Warzone. Players state that after being reported by their opponents for some reason, they were blacklisted from regular matchmaking and placed in the lobby alongside other scammers with long queue times.
Recently, YouTuber Tomographic shared his experience of being “shadow banged” in Warzone and how it affected online gameplay. In a video uploaded on December 25, he said his account had been blacklisted from regular matchmaking and moved to what he called the “scammer bracket.” Whenever Tomographic played games with his friends, hackers were there too. Tomography believes it has banned the use of DMR 14 in Warzone. This was a powerful rifle that he described as “broken,” giving the impression that some players were cheating.
Tomography advises players to avoid using weapons like the DMR14 until the ban system is improved. This issue is not a recent development, dating back to April, when various players raised the issue of accounts that were suddenly banned in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. This issue has been addressed many times in the Activision Support forums as players reported playing Warzone for several games before being mysteriously banned.
Some things in common include no reason for ban, lost access to Warzone on your PC, and receiving up to 200 pings before a match. The ban was carried over, even when some of them started new accounts. Activision has overturned some of the Modern Warfare bans, but it’s unlikely that the company will do the same in Warzone anytime soon.
The “shadow vanning” problem has recurred throughout the year and continues in December. At the time of writing, Activision does not provide official answers or comments as Players are still “shadow banned” in Call of Duty: Warzone.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / S.
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