Call of Duty Competitive Doesn’t Have a Future Without Proper Anti-Cheat, Warns Crimsix

Published 01/10/2021, 11:43 AM EST


For more than a decade now, Activision has kept up its streak of delivering a new Call of Duty game to fans every year. In the year 2020, it did even better by releasing two games, Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. However, a pattern that runs across all Call of Duty games is the lack of a decent anti-cheat.

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Activision might have earned millions of dollars from the success of its franchise. Therefore, money or logistics are not a problem for the AAA+ games developer. However, somehow, it still ends up ignoring the importance of a strict anti-cheat for its games. Even though it is annoying for casual players as well, it affects competitions in the worst manner.

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Earlier, Nickmercs had highlighted how cheaters had been ruining Warzone tournaments. Now, Crimsix, the Call of Duty pro, and the CDL 2020 champion playing for the Dallas Empires has also weighed in on the matter.

Poor anti-cheat to effect online Call of Duty tournaments

While LAN tournaments or most official tournaments by Activision can keep the cheating in check, this isn’t always the case. Crimsix recently tweeted about his worry for the upcoming Call of Duty title.

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Crim pointed out how Treyarch is not the studio working on the 2021 title. Therefore, it is possible that the game will not have a theatre mode that allows players to record gameplay as proof or allow spectators. Without that, unofficial and small tournaments have no other way but to rely on the in-built anti-cheat. With prior experience, it is clear that this anti-cheat is almost non-existent as cheaters run rampant in Call of Duty games.

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As the latest competitive game, Warzone is already seeing a decline in tournaments and players. If this rapid decline continues and Activision does nothing about it, the next title would have no hopes for any competitive scene. Therefore, the demand for Activision to invest in a better anti-cheat is at an all-time high.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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