Activision is not messing around. Just before Season 6, they manually banned around 20,000 players for using a cheat called EngineOwning.
The ban wave was targeted at users of this subscription-based software. A former Activision employee confirmed that the company has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to cheating.
“It’s rare that anyone 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,” said the anonymous former Activision employee.
A famous Twitch streamer Nick Wagner aka Wagnificent got banned while streaming. He was streaming a solo game and suddenly got a fatal error message. When he tried to reconnect, the game said that his account is permanently banned.
Here’s a clip of the actual banning on stream.
Wagner tweeted that his account was falsely banned and is deeply confused about what’s happening. However, VICE reported that the ban was issued because Wagner is a user of the EngineOwning cheat.
“People familiar with the matter told Motherboard that Wagner was a user of a specific cheat, called EngineOwning, that was detected by Activision. That’s what prompted his ban.” said in the VICE report.
EngineOwning website now shows that out of the 14 games their cheat is available, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now detected.
While the manual bans are a temporary fix, clearly, Warzone needs to implement a good Anti-Cheat system and harsher penalties like IP or Hardware ban.
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