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Activision Sues Modern Warfare Cheat Manufacturer

Activision has resorted to lawsuits in an attempt to combat cheating in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Update

Following last month's announcement, another prominent cheat manufacturer, GatorCheats, has publicly disclosed that Activision is seeking legal action due to their services. Reportedly boasting over 3,000 active members and 11 months of undetected services, GatorCheats released the following statement on their platform.

In May 2020, Activision Blizzard's attorneys contacted me via a Cease and Desist letter. Considering this event, I decided to act on my already pending decision to close all sales to new customers for my product relating to Modern Warfare and Warzone.

In September 2020, Activision Blizzard's attorneys had another Cease and Desist letter hand delivered to me by who I assume was a PI, considering he knew my family members by name and made a point to showcase that he did.

Also in September 2020, I received very clear communication in a follow up from Activision Blizzard's attorneys communicating that they would litigate (file a lawsuit against me) if I didn't comply with continuation of stopped sales as well as a complete stoppage of interaction with and updating of any products related to their client's products.

It has been made clear that stopping sales to new customers is not enough, and as much as I love my customers, I love my family more. I cannot afford to litigate with this company, and I have a responsibility to my family as the only individual with income to not dive into avoidable lawsuits that I cannot afford to participate in.

I have already stopped selling products including upgrades related to Activision Blizzard's products.

I will hereby never create, test, or update products related to products owned by Activision Blizzard.

I urge all my customers to not seek out products related to products owned by Activision Blizzard from alternative sources, especially since Activision Blizzard is contacting or likely will contact said sources.

I hope that, since nearly all of you got 5 or more months of usage, that you feel you got your money's worth. Either way, I will be looking to offer swaps from this product to other options in the extremely near future.

I am glad that this lasted 11 months, but the lifetime of this product has come to an end.

As the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise approaches with official confirmation of cross-platform play and progression, fans of the series worry that allowing the PC platform into the mix once again will result in a tarnished player experience due to the presence of cheaters. Despite Infinity Ward's ongoing fight against cheaters, players have voiced frustrations of ever-increasing cheaters for months in both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Now, Activision appears to be taking a new approach to the problem that may prove effective.

Toward the end of August 2020, Activision Publishing, Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against a prominent manufacturer of cheats across Call of Duty titles. CXCheats brands itself as "dedicated to quality", but many of its customers are now demanding refunds as the owner of the service has announced via Discord that a lawsuit is in progress.

As some of you may know, Activision Publishing, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against CXCheats and has made it clear to us that our services violate their Terms of Use. As a result of our lawsuit with Activision, we have agreed to cease development and support for all Call of Duty related products or services sold through the site. These products will not be returning to CXCheats in any form.

You also should be aware that using third-party tools in Call of Duty may result in the suspension or banning of your account by Activision Publishing, Inc. or the game's developers.

We apologize for any pain we've caused to players of Call of Duty.

Activision's approach to the problem has been met with both praise and backlash, generally depending on which side of the argument you ask. Players are happy to see Activision taking further action to combat cheaters in its titles, especially with no opt-out to cross-platform matchmaking in sight. On the other hand, those who use cheats are upset that the services which they've paid for will cease to exist.

Season Five of Modern Warfare and Warzone is well underway as Activision continues to combat cheaters

It's no secret that cheating and modding is not allowed in Modern Warfare or Warzone, as per the following Security and Enforcement Policy. However, many players feel that further resources should be put into anti-cheat systems and growing the teams who investigate player reports.

Any user who utilizes unauthorized third-party software to gain an unfair advantage, manipulate stats, and/or manipulate game data is subject to penalty. Unauthorized third-party software includes, but is not limited to, aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stats hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, or any other software used to deliberately modify game data on disk or in memory.

The services which CXCheats offers for Modern Warfare and Warzone clearly violate the aforementioned policies, and as such, are subject to prosecution at Activision's leisure. While we await the results of this lawsuit and the effect that it has on the game, it's unclear whether Activision will continue to take action against the many other cheat manufacturers that exist.

"There’s no place for cheating in games. Warzone has zero tolerance for cheaters" says Activision in an earlier blog post

In April, just one month after the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone, Infinity Ward announced that over 70,000 cheaters have been banned from the title. Soon after this announcement, Raven Software's Amos Hodge provided the following statement on the matter in an interview with GamerGen.

We’ve been updating our banning procedure and we’ve just launched a reporting system just the last week. We’re actually giving players feedback when the person they’ve reported has been banned. It’s one of those things that we’re taking seriously, and that’s just an uphill battle. Every time we do a security update, they’re constantly breaking them, getting into the game with hacking.

We’re seeing a side effect on cross-play. When you do cross-play, a lot of the cheating happens on PC, it’s a lot more visible, because now it’s affecting the Xbox and PS4 players, so the community is seeing it a lot more, but we’re actively fighting it.

To tell you we’re gonna fix the cheating and no one is going to cheat again is not realistic, but we are making updates and security fixes, with some new encryption. And we’re constantly working to get players feedback - community wasn’t feeling heard, we were saying we were banning players but they were not seeing anything. So now when you report someone and they get banned, we’ll let you know [...]. And we hope to monitor the tournaments a bit better, and sort of ban people on the spot if we can. We’re just trying to make our against security a little bit more public facing.

In May, Activision announced that free-to-play players of the Battle Royale title, Warzone, would be required to activate SMS based two-factor authentication going forward. In addition to tightening account security, this decision was made in an effort to make it more difficult for banned players to simply create a new account.

At the time of writing, Activision has not provided a public statement on the lawsuit.


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1 week ago

Hold on hold on! What the Heck does Aim assists on consoles have to do with 95% of COD/Warzone cheaters coming from the PC Platform? Call of duty was created and started on gaming consoles not pc. It’s a privilege they even made it possible for you guys to purchase and play the game especially in the same lobby. Honestly this whole cross platform playing is BS. Yea you can tell me to turn it off but the wait time is crazy because more and more players are leaving consoles to go play Pc because of the incredibly insane advantage they have over console players. It’s ridiculous how easy it is for them to aim and lock on targets, how insanely faster moving they are compared to us console players. There’s not one true gaming enthusiast like myself that can honestly say that shooting, and all movement on Pc is way faster and way more precise vs console players, thus there shouldn’t be any ability for the two to intermingle. PS4 & Xbox is as far as it needs to be with cross platform gaming. I guarantee that any real cod player who’s playing multi platform Warzone that 98% of them getting shredded is from a PC player with or without hacks. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on this game alone and Activision/infinity ward can vouch for that aside from the $1000 just in Astro headset and Astro controller which I admit that a more advanced gaming controller does help with the balance between Pc vs console but players shouldn’t have to go purchase a $200-$350 gaming controller just to give them slightly closer odds of winning a gun fight. Pc’s movement alone is insane. I’ve sat there and tried jumping as high and as far as they can and it’s just not possible. They make Michael Jordan look like a 6 yr old at recess trying to play against a college team. C’mon. This shouldn’t even be a thought or consideration. Everything I’ve just said is Facts and everyone of you know it. The worst part is that my one opinion or this one voice will never be heard or recognized as a suggestion. It takes hundreds of thousands of players to finally speak up but they won’t because society does not like conflict. They would rather deal with it and complain amongst their friends before saying anything. This is literally the only game I play. I’ve got a YouTube channel based around my gameplay and I’ll be honest it’s getting harder and harder each week trying to produce decent gameplay for my audience because I’m getting shredded. It’s cool though I’ve said what truly needed to be said. It’s now on the creators to continue and do nothing, god I hope they prove me wrong. #StayBlessed

1 week ago

"turn off aim assist for console players too"!? lol xD most probably one of the cheaters, if you can't play the game without cheats then don't play it you just ruining everyone's experience

1 week ago

I paid 65$ for the game plus 20$ per season for pc cheaters to destroy my game play this should be a class action suit !!!!😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬

2 weeks ago

turn off aim assist for console players too

2 weeks ago

I just don't understand cheating in a computer game. Come on, games are supposed to be fun. Just fun.

I am the worst noob in COD, just started and I will ruin your game. Every time. But even if I suck all the time, I don't get sad, angry or something. It's not shameful to lose to someone better than you; maybe I'll learn to be better. And fail less.

If someone feels a need to cheat in a game, they should really think this over, why am I this invested in winning. It's just a game.

2 weeks ago

I agree to the anti cheating bans but not when Activision bans my son after just spending my hard earned money on the game. I know he wasn't cheating we are against cheating players , I contacted Activision to try and resolve the issue and failed to do so. Wrongfully banning and taking money from your inicent customers is terrible customer relations. I went as far as contacting the BBB with no result from Activision.

2 weeks ago

I hope they take care of this quickly. I stopped playing cod just recently. Hardcore felt like a easy way for players to cheat because there is no kill cam, so you can’t tell if the player aim bot or wall hacked you. You just sit there and get recked. I stopped buying the battle pass and playing war zone with my family and friends. It’s seem like every lobby I’m going against are pros. I’m not even that good. I’m in the military so I don’t have Time to play everyday. But when I do play with family and friends, I always get wall hacked, or aim bot. It’s SOOO FRUSTRATING to play cod. You have to be serious playing cod. I can’t play cod just to have fun.

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