OVER 60,000 players have been banned from Call of Duty for “cheating”.
The mass-ban means that 300,000 players have now been blocked for breaking the rules in Call of Duty Multiplayer and Warzone.
Cheaters employ a host of techniques to win games.
These include aimbots, wall hacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, hex editors and software that manipulates game data or memory.
The situation is so bad at times that one pro gamer quit Call of Duty Warzone this week.
“We have zero tolerance for cheaters across Call of Duty and Call of Duty Warzone,” said Activision in a statement.
“Our focus is to combat both cheaters and cheat providers.
“We are also continuing our efforts to identify and address cheat providers at the source, who distribute unauthorised third-party software for modding or hacking.
“We are committed to delivering a fair and fun experience for all players.”
Activision says it has security teams monitoring Call of Duty 24/7 to investigate cheating.
And the company has promised to improve the interface for reporting cheaters in-game.
The game maker says all in-game reports are analysed and investigated.
If a player is found to be cheating – including using “hacks” – then bans will be handed out quickly.
According to Activision, the addition of two-factor authentication has invalidated “over 180,000 suspect accounts”.
And a host of unauthorised third-party software providers have been “eliminated”.
Activision also says it will be providing a regular count on the latest number of players banned.