Activision reportedly banned around 20,000 Call of Duty Warzone cheaters as the game’s Season 6 update began.
A report from Vice citing an Activision spokesperson and “people familiar with the matter” says that the publisher issued a ban wave on Monday, with some terminations related to the use of a popular cheating program called EngineOwning.
The EngineOwning website now lists its Modern Warfare 2019 cheat as “detected” suggesting that Activision has successfully halted its use in-game, wiping the accounts of thousands of cheaters in the process.
The Vice report specifically mentions the case of streamer Nick ‘Wagnificent’ Wagner, whose account was permanently banned in the middle of a livestream. Sources told Vice that Wagner was using the now-detected cheat in Warzone, which resulted in his ban.
Back in April, Activision banned over 50,000 accounts for cheating, noting that “Warzone has zero-tolerance for cheaters.” The game’s developer Infinity Ward also warned that “more banwaves” were coming in July.
In other Warzone news, check out our article covering all the details you need to know about the bumper Season 6 update, which arrived in the game this week on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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