Call Of Duty: Warzone tournament hit by cheating scandal

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All’s fair in love and war? (pic: Activision)

Accusations of cheating during a Call Of Duty: Warzone tournament have reignited complaints over a lack of cheat prevention in the game.

It’s been nearly a year since Call Of Duty: Warzone launched and became the newest battle royale game for players to sink hours into.

Despite the frequent updates since then, though, the game has been left with an infamously ineffective anti-cheat system. And while cheating is already infuriating in casual play, it’s even worse if you’re playing seriously at a tournament.

Yesterday, a Warzone tournament hosted by Twitch called Twitch Rivals, which had upwards of $250,000 (£183,000) up for grabs, was completely disrupted when one of the competing teams was accused of cheating following the fourth and penultimate match.

The tournament was put on hold while Twitch investigated the accusations, ending with the three players in question, METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, and Unifyz, being disqualified from the competition.

‘Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament and after a review of this evidence, [Twitch has] determined that the gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,’ said host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons.

Though the tournament resumed as normal, albeit with one less team, the fiasco has only further highlighted the problem with Warzone tournaments where the only thing preventing players from cheating is the honour system.

One competitive player, NICKMERCS, has even decided to withdraw from the professional Warzone scene because of this.

‘Unfortunately, without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore. There’s too much cheese and way too many rats.’

One of the accused cheaters, METZY_B, has since proved himself innocent of the claims after speaking with one of his accusers, Tommey (another professional player).

Tommey was one of Twitch’s sources, having believed to have found evidence of cheating by analysing METZY’s gameplay. But, according to Dexerto, METZY approached Tommey over Discord to show his PC and the apps he was using.

METZY wasn’t allowed back into the tournament, but Tommey did apologise for the accusations, with other critics also deleting their tweets.

All in all, this fiasco is clearly making Warzone tournaments less viable. Whether this will have any serious impact on the game is another question entirely, as Warzone can arguably still afford to fall back on its casual audience.

Call Of Duty: Warzone is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


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