Activision hosted its second weekend of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta and because it was now open to PC players, of course, cheaters ruined the entire event. Console players ended up either jumping ship or turning off cross-play during the beta weekend due to the huge influx of PC cheaters entering the fight.
Sadly, this isn’t anything new in the Call of Duty scene. In fact, last year’s Call of Duty: Vanguard was riddled with cheaters and 2020’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War suffered from the same thing.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta cheaters came in many shapes and forms. One clip posted online saw players using wallhacks to spot enemies before they even popped out of cover. That combined with aimbots meant that players were instantly killed the moment they walked around the corner.
— MW2 News (@TheMW2BetaPlug) September 23, 2022
To make matters worse, various social media platforms were drowned in promotional posts for places users could go to purchase these cheats. One company called EngineOwning openly posted its so-called “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 cheat app” on Twitter showing off the tools included in the purchase. Things like “Show Players, Show Weapons, Players Distance” and other tweaks were included in the app.
Of course, we would warn against purchasing any of these cheats as it is hard to identify a scam in the cheat scene when there is one. You also shouldn’t cheat…. that’s about it.
Any goblin buying engineowning asking to be banned you kids are just giving the dev free money, Ricochet has this shitty cheat detected they are just a scam operation at this point. https://t.co/odahIjBtVh
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) September 26, 2022
Activision has also come under fire due to the massive influx of cheaters in the game. The company made a big deal about its new Ricochet anti-cheat program which was designed to fight against these issues. So far, it doesn’t seem to be doing a great job.
On Saturday, the official Infinity Ward Twitter account simply said “we’ll be taking live action against cheaters and hackers in beta matches”. However, users are still cautious as to why these cheaters are in the game in the first place. If this anti-cheat software is meant to be so powerful, this should not be an issue.
Activision has some pretty high expectations to reach before the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The company plans on rolling out the main game on 28 October followed by Warzone 2.0 in November. So far, the approach to cheaters and this “amazing” Ricochet anti-cheat software has been less than underwhelming.