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from: Philip Hansen

Warzone 2 punishes honest players like suspicious cheaters with shadow bans. Call of Duty viewers are now submitting angry video evidence.

Santa Monica, California – Inc Warzone 2 Many players have reported becoming victims of shadow bans. At first the cheating suspects were hacked, but now it turns out that the anti-cheat system from Call of duty Maybe really out of control. honest streamersPros and “verticals” will be penalized wrongly in ranks once they get a certain number of kills.

The name of the game Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.1 Update
Release November 16, 2022
Publishers Activision
Row Call of duty
Developer Infinity Ward
platform PS5, Xbox Series X, PC
Type Online multiplayer first person shooter, battle royale
business model Free to play

Shadowbans in Warzone 2 “Out of Control” – an evil glitch that punishes you like cheaters

Fraud protection penalizes honest players: If you can get 10 kills in a round of Warzone 2, your faulty firewall is most likely activated RICOCHET by CoD a. Immediately after the 10th kill, the player flies out of the lobby and is automatically punished with a shadow cast. You can’t find normal matches for a while and you’re jammed with real Call of Duty cheats, hacks, and cheats.

Professionals provide video proof: Aggressive and especially pro players in particular manage the 10 kills per round in Warzone 2. On the night of January 5th, more and more videos showing false shadow bans appear from well-known CoD players like IceManIsaac or Jake Lucky:

This is how the fake victims react: In both clips you can see how the server disconnect happens immediately after the tenth kill. However, the reactions are different: while Jake Lucky’s squad can still laugh and warn about the ninth kill”You are about to go out‘, IceManIsaac just gets frustrated and gets ‘from his teamI got the error‘ lying on his head.

What is shadow ban?

Shadowban in Call of Duty is a hidden penalty that is not communicated to affected players. RICOCHET’s anti-cheat system automatically blocks players rated as suspicious. Players who are penalized in this way are eliminated from the current round and may only play with other players marked as cheating.

You can identify shadow bans by the fact that it takes a long time to find a lobby in Warzone 2 or MW2 – and it often has very poor ping. Think of shadowban as limbo. You smoke with other players identified as a suspected cheater until auto-shadow is confirmed by the developer, resulting in a complete account ban (or until you are cleared and allowed to gamble normally).

Society gets upset about the fake shadow. Disappointed, they write on Twitter.This is a bad joke“,”RICOCHET OUT OF CONTROLAnd he complains because the problem has been there for a long time and it seems to be getting worse. Streamer Nadeshot soon got unbanned after his shadow, but many “normal” players don’t have access to a CoD pro and have to wait much longer for it to be unblocked.

Call of Duty wanted to protect honest players from cheaters – what’s next?

How did the developers react? Unfortunately, the developers of Warzone 2, Raven Software, are currently not responding at all. The problem with the addicts anti-cheat system has been around for almost a month Season 1 Reloaded. However, the bug is not officially on the list of known bugs and issues (Warzone Trello).

Call of Duty: Warzone’s anti-cheat software sees cheaters everywhere © Activision / unsplash (Montage)

The situation is particularly troublesome, as Call of Duty seemed to promise new and improved anti-cheat software at the start of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. RICOCHET must better identify cheaters and protect honest players. The protection mechanism is currently set very strictly.

However, you also have to keep in mind that the US-based Call of Duty developers are stuck in the holiday season, which is a long Christmas break. Business is only now slowly gaining speed. But CoD players are already hoping to solve another problem that’s currently causing a lot of frustration: A critical bug that’s been plaguing Warzone 2 for months now – the developers are taking a vacation.