A famous Call of Duty player has quit Warzone due to claims that it is “saturated with hackers”.
Vikkstar – who has more than seven million YouTube subscribers – said the game was in “the worst condition ever.”
Warzone was released last March and has been played by more than 50 million people around the world.
Activision, the publisher, previously said it has zero tolerance for cheaters.
UK-based Vikkstar – whose real name is Vikram Singh Barn – explained his reason for leaving in a video On YouTube.
He said, “The game is at its worst ever, Activision doesn’t really address the number of hackers in the game.”
“This needs to be fixed otherwise it will really be the death of the game.”
“An absolute joke”
The video also shows the gameplay as Vikkstar claimed to have encountered a hacker who was livestreaming their actions on Facebook, while also playing the game.
“What an absolute joke,” he said.
“We happened to have these people arrested, but a lot of times you don’t even know when people do what we just witnessed.”
He added that intruders could be encountered in almost every lobby of the game.
This comes just over a week after the popular Call of Duty streamer, NickMercs, announced that it was leaving the game.
Unfortunately, without the anti-cheat, the original Warzone tournaments are not possible anymore. We learned a lot from those gloves and I’m telling you all … there’s a lot of cheese and a way a lot of mice. Bob and Weave Baby.
– FaZe Nickmercs (@nickmercs) January 22, 2021
In a broadcast on Twitch, he said, “There are all kinds of hacks … there’s no pride in that thing [playing tournaments] Any more than that.
“Where is the dignity? Where is the honor system?”
Last April, Activision Post a message on his blog, Saying, “Warzone has zero tolerance for cheaters.
She added, “We take all forms of fraud very seriously, and maintaining a fair and equitable level for all is among our top priorities.”
“This is an area that we have worked on extensively, but it is not always something we discuss publicly.”
The blog said the company has issued more than 70,000 permanent account bans since the game’s release.
“We understand there is no single solution to combat cheaters, it is a continuous application every day, 24/7. Rest assured, we are committed to ensuring a fun and fair experience for everyone.”
The BBC contacted Activision to respond to the recent complaints.
One example of how to trick players is to use something called “aimbot”. This allows accurate shooting of competitors without needing to shoot manually.
Another common cheat is “wall hacking,” which allows the user to see the locations of other players in the game, and attack them through opaque objects such as walls.
Other hacks allow users to hide and win by default, or heal themselves an infinite number of times.
“Usually these parts of programs are difficult to write, but they are easy to set up,” said Sam Connolly, an expert in computing at the University of Central Lancashire.
Cheats are often downloaded by hackers and set up on their computer with relative ease.
“Call of Duty has always had a history of hackers … unfortunately it’s an issue that is not unique to one type of game, but appears to be pervasive across a lot of FPS games.”
Activision has called for the application of anti-cheat technologies to address the issue.
Other games, including Fortnite and Fall Guys, They developed a program to unfairly address attempts to win their titles in the battle royal.
“One problem with this type of anti-cheat software is that real players will be mistakenly banned on a larger scale, and the unblocking process is usually very tedious,” said Louise Shortthus, senior analyst at Ampere Analysis.
“There have been suggestions of hacking during official Warzone tournaments, which is extremely detrimental to the competitive integrity of the Call of Duty brand.”
Activision recently announced plans to bring Warzone into the Call of Duty Professional Sports League.
“Without addressing the cheating problem, its success and reputation as an eSport will undoubtedly be affected,” added Ms. Shortthus.