Call of Duty community calls for Warzone to be anti-cheating after hacking allegations spark $250k Twitch tournament


Call of Duty community calls for Warzone to be anti-cheating after hacking allegations spark 0k Twitch tournament

A $250,000 Call of Duty: Warzone tournament was rocked last night by allegations of hacking, prompting calls to improve in-game anti-cheating.

The trio squad tournament, starring some of Warzone’s biggest names, exploded in the penultimate game of the event’s final day after several high-profile entrants accused a Canadian player named Metzy of using an aimbot, with a particular clip. raising eyebrows.

The clip shows Metzy’s reticle change quickly to a player jumping out of a window. Metzy plays Warzone on PC using a controller.

Thomas “Tommey” Trewren, a professional Warzone player for esports team 100 Thieves, was one of the prominent tournament participants who accused Metzy of cheating, watching multiple clips during a live stream.

The broadcast was paused for about an hour while tournament officials investigated behind the scenes. During her stream, Metzy read aloud a message received from a Twitch representative, which “determined the gameplay to be unnatural beyond reasonable doubt.” Skip to the four hour and 11 minute mark on the VOD below:

Once the ban was in place, Twitch tweeted that it had ruled Metzy was cheating and kicked him and his team out of the event.

“We take the conduct of Twitch Rivals players very seriously. We will continue to investigate any allegations of cheating,” Twitch said.

The fifth and final map of the tournament was then played with one less team.

Metzy subsequently denied any wrongdoing. “I’m not using an aimbot,” she said on the broadcast. Later, Metzy attempted to clear his name by displaying his task manager, his recent downloads, and his Google search history. Tommey later joined Metzy on the broadcast, searching her live computer in an attempt to find evidence of attacks. In a notable moment during the broadcast, Metzy granted remote access to his PC to a stranger who went through his hard drive and downloaded files for closer inspection.

Today, Tommey apologized for his initial accusation, apparently stating that Metzy did not cheat. “I will put my hands up and admit we were wrong,” Tommey said in a tweet. “I’m sorry for letting so many of you down. I don’t know what else to say, but I accept and deserve whatever comes of this.”

Tommey has now offered his tournament winnings to Metzy as a token of goodwill.

Tommy’s pushback calls into question not only Twitch’s decision to disqualify Metzy and her squad from the Warzone tournament, but also their process for dealing with cheating allegations. And then there’s the potential negative impact on Metzy’s competitive gaming career.

True or false, the allegations raised a long-standing issue that has plagued Warzone since its 2020 release: that the game is riddled with hackers.

Activision has come under fire for its lack of communication on the issue of cheating in Warzone and the game’s perceived ineffective anti-cheating.

FaZe’s Nickmercs, who has 1.7 million Twitter followers, said that without an effective anti-cheat system, “true Warzone tournaments are no longer possible.”

Prominent Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r said that “cheating in Warzone is completely out of control.”

The Call of Duty community is now asking Activision to provide an update on their anti-cheating efforts in Warzone. In September 2020, vice motherboard reported that Activision had banned around 20,000 cheaters, including a streamer and a college football player, from Call of Duty: Warzone for allegedly using a popular hack.

A former Activision employee said Motherboard these waves of bans are relatively frequent. “It’s rare for a particular hack to go undetected for a long time at some point,” they said. “It’s always a game of cat and mouse, people who actively cheat need to understand that you’re likely to get banned at some point and you’ll have yourself to blame.”