Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, like most competitive games, have a cheater issue. Instead of focusing only on the individual fraudsters, Activision Blizzard now wants to tackle the problem at the root and target the cheat software manufacturers. This year the company has chosen the cheat provider GatorCheats.
The Call of Duty franchise has always had a tough problem with cheaters. Whether they activate an immortality mode or prefer to use aiming aid, such dishonest methods are always annoying. Although the developers are mostly busy banning cheaters, that is often not enough. Activision Blizzard therefore wants to fight the problem at its source and threatens cheat software manufacturers with lawsuits. In January of this year, CXCheats already met, and the cheat software for Modern Warfare and Warzone was deleted.
Now another big cheat maker is affected with GatorCheats. In Discord Channel, the man behind GatorCheats summarizes the correspondence with Activision Blizzard. The whole thing started in May.
"In May 2020, Activision Blizzard attorneys contacted me with a 'Cease and Desist' letter. I then decided to do what I had been planning to do and stop all sales of my Modern Warfare and Warzone products to new customers . "
But that wasn't enough for Activision. Another letter came in September 2020, but this time it was presented personally. According to the statements of GatorCheats, the courier made it clear that he also knew the names of the family members of the cheat software provider. Activision Blizzard lawyers came forward that same month, threatening again that a lawsuit would be filed unless all sales and updates of software related to Activision games were stopped. GatorCheats complied with these demands because it could not financially afford a lawsuit.
Activision has not commented on these anti-cheat measures since June this year. Back then it was said the company would continue to ban cheaters on a regular basis. The fight against cheaters is carried out in different ways in different games and manufacturers. Team Fortress 2, for example, brings bots into play that hunt down fraudsters.
What do you think of Activision Blizzard's approach? Are these tough measures justified or are they too much of a good thing?
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