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The way Call of Duty: Warzone is handling cheaters is nothing short of poetic justice

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Luke Hardwick
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Call of Duty Cheaters will be matched together

At this point, it's no secret that cheaters have soured the PC versions of Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Apparently it's been so bad that console players are disabling cross-play as to avoid being matched up with PC players altogether - and who could blame them? PC games have long received the short end of the anti-cheat stick, and even the most AAA of AAA games are rarely able to provide an exception to that imbalance. Heck, just look at GTA Online.

That said, short of implementing a more involved anti-cheat solution, such as Valorant's controversial driver-based one intended to prevent cheating altogether, the only real way to combat cheaters is to deter with nominal punishments or bans. In the case of Call of Duty, Activision is opting to forego more direct or invasive security protocols in lieu of a passive, albeit humorous measure that pits cheaters against their greatest threat - other cheaters.

The idea of matching cheaters with one another isn't anything new, and has even been implemented in other games such as Apex Legends and Titanfall. While perhaps not as severe of a punishment as some might like to see happen to their dishonorable assailants, it's nonetheless gratifying when a game as high profile as Call of Duty can find a creative way to stick it to its cheaters.

As one might surmise from the responses to Activision's new anti-cheat measures, most folks are happy that suspected cheaters will be pit against one another in GameShark Hunger Games. Perhaps it will be enough to restore balance to Call of Duty's PC community, but at the very least it will offer a small amount of satisfaction to those tired of cheaters ruin their game.