Call of Duty: Warzone - Almost Half A Million Hardware Bans Issued To 'Repeat or Serial' Cheaters

Cheaters beware! Publisher Activision takes action to continue its campaign against Call of Duty: Warzone cheaters.


As of April 14th, 2021, there have already been 475,000 Warzone accounts permanently banned due to cheating since the game launched in March 2020. It was announced by the game's publisher in an anti-cheat progress report after a large ban wave was conducted last Sunday. This was also the game's “seventh high-volume set of bans” since February alone.

Activision, along with its development team at Raven Software, has been building up efforts to fish out cheaters while giving out more frequent updates. People creating new accounts after getting banned to keep playing the game has been a constant issue for Warzone players. That is why the publisher has confirmed that it is issuing hardware bans, specifically to focus in removing cheaters and taking away their ability to quickly move to another account.

In an anti-cheat progress report by Activision, they said that "Some have asked if we issue hardware bans. We do issue hardware bans against repeat, or serial, cheaters. This is an important part of our effort to combat repeat offenders. Cheaters are never welcome. To date, our security and enforcement team has issued more than 475,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone. Yesterday’s large banwave was our seventh high-volume set of bans since February."

They also added that, "Our security and enforcement teams also issue bans daily – seven days a week – to individual offenses or repeat offenders. The combination of daily bans plus large-scale banwaves are an integral focus of our efforts."

However, this does not permanently solve the game's problem against cheaters. Yes, hardware bans are better than simply banning an IP or account, but aside from hackers simply using another PC to download more cheats, most popular cheating programs can bypass this hurdle by automatically spoofing your machine's hardware ID while the software is running, according to one cheat distributor. This has caused a lot of Warzone's most loyal players, including streamers, to "give up" on the free-to-play battle royale game.

But despite all of these, Activision will remain vigilant against these repeating offenders. Even though it may last indefinitely, their top priority is to deliver a fair and fun experience for all players. "We will not rest, and we appreciate your patience," Activision says.