Call of Duty

Warzone Wednesday tournament exposes the game’s cheater problem

Call of Duty’s new battle royale game mode has become increasingly popular lately. That popularity sparked the Warzone Wednesday tournament. Warzone Wednesday were supposed to resemble Fortnite’s Cash Cups, a semi-serious online tournament for cash money and bragging rights. The tournament brought to light another side effect of the game’s popularity: the cheater infestation currently present in Warzone.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The competition was hosted by Daniel “Keemstar” Keem, the same Keemstar who did Friday Fortnite. The competition featured professionals like Nadeshot, wuskin, and Clayster while also featuring streamers like Dr. Lupo, summit1g, and Ninja.

Week one of the competition went fairly well and garnered attention from numerous audiences in the gaming community. Unfortunately in week two, the ugly side of Warzone came to light, and cheaters ran rampant.

As a result, a few cringe-worthy videos emerged where TimTheTatman, Nadeshot, and others spectated or got killed by obvious aimbots. At one point Nadeshot noted, that a cheater went from level 1 to 19 in one match, as the cheater in question pops off impossible kill after impossible kill.

This is a bad look for Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward, considering anti-cheat is a no-brainer for online shooters. I still maintain the opinion that Warzone has the potential to be one of the best battle royales, but I doubt it will ever find a competitive audience on the scale of Fortnite or the CDL. The matches were entertaining to say the least, and the streamers did their best to flex on cheaters whenever possible. In the end, JoshOG took home the $20k cash prize beside squad mates HusKerrs and Diegosaurs for a second week in a row.

Meanwhile, Warzone has received numerous updates to balance out the game and bring new features to keep it interesting. Unfortunately in the PC community, cheaters run rampant. Subsequently, in any given game, someone camping Air Tower with auto-aim and an AX-50 will ruin your game. The hope is that this week will raise awareness and force Infinity Ward to implement anti-cheat as soon as possible.

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Malik Shelp

I am a digital media specialist focusing on the entertainment industry and producing visual and written content. I began in the music industry covering music festivals and interviewing artists before transitioning to sports. I primarily cover Overwatch, Call of Duty, and occasionally Fortnite and CS:GO.
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