Activision has now announced that Call of Duty: Warzone continues to see success since its March 10 launch.
Call of Duty: Warzone has been played by over 30 million players since the game officially launched worldwide on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 10.
This is the first big free to play venture for Activision on consoles and PC, bringing their largest franchise to more people by removing the $60 barrier that has existed for a long time.
The news was announced by Call of Duty on Twitter this afternoon.
Over 30 million of you have dropped in to play #Warzone. Thank you to this amazing community.
Infinity Ward updated Warzone to add Solos mode on March 17, alongside other updates to the game. Patch notes for that are available here.
Activision issuing “hardware bans” to thwart Warzone cheaters
Activision have confirmed that they are handing out “hardware bans” to banned cheaters who keep making fresh accounts.
Cheaters and hackers have plagued Call of Duty: Warzone since its launch, but on top of account bans, Activision has confirmed that they are issuing hardware bans to thwart repeat offenders.
Cheaters have been a thorn in both players’ and developers’ sides since Warzone launched in 2020. It has been common to run into players blatantly wall-hacking and aim-botting, ruining the game for casual players and pros alike.
Raven Software has been providing regular updates on how many cheaters have been banned, and Activision recently confirmed that 475,000 permabans have been issued since Warzone’s launch. The likely reason why this number is so high is that Warzone is free-to-play. It’s widely believed that even if a cheater’s account gets banned, they can simply create a new one and carry on as if nothing happened.
Activision is aware of this issue and player’s concerns and released an in-depth update on their anti-cheat progress on April 12.
Because so many players have been concerned that account bans are ineffective, Call of Duty staff responded to this, saying that “Removing cheaters and taking away their ability to move to alternate accounts is a key focus for the security teams.”
They confirmed that if you’re cheating, not only could you be unknowingly downloading malware to your system, you could also receive a hardware ban.
To make sure players don’t keep creating fresh accounts to cheat with, Activision said, “We do issue hardware bans against repeat, or serial, cheaters. This is an important part of our effort to combat repeat offenders.”
This means that players who receive a hardware ban will be permanently locked out and won’t be able to simply create a new, free account and go back to their cheating ways.
Activision also confirmed that not only are they targeting individual accounts with cheats installed, but also “the commercial market of cheat providers and resellers.” They revealed that they have recently banned “45,000 fraudulent, black market accounts used by repeat offenders.”
Cheaters will likely still make their way into your Warzone sessions, but Activision is making sure it’s continuously more risky and difficult to do.
In the meantime, you can check out our guide on how to spot cheaters in Warzone so you can assist Activision by reporting these players.
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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?
We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Double XP event to help rank, weapon, and Battle Pass progression.
With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.
XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.
Every now and again CoD will throw out some awesome Double XP events that allow players to increase their earnings and level everything up faster. Season 2 of Cold War and Warzone has already provided lots of new content to help the race for XP, and now another ample opportunity is being offered.
This will be the final one for Season 2 as Season 3 is set to begin shortly.
How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 2
It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will officially start on April 16 and will expire on April 19.
PlayStation players will actually get a head start on Xbox and PC players by a full 24 hours. Meaning that PlayStation users can start earning Double XP from April 15.
What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?
Here’s a full list of the event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:
- EST – 1pm
- CST – 12pm
- PST – 10am
- GMT – 5pm
Double XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War’s Multiplayer and Zombies, and all currently available playlists in Warzone.
As well as your player level, the boost will also apply to the Season 2 Battle Pass too.
These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.
If you’ve got those last few items to clean up on the Battle Pass, or you’re a touch shy of Prestige Level 200, then this is a great opportunity to try and do just that.
Image credits: Treyarch / Activision
Activision files complaint over Warzone trademark dispute
Activision has filed a lawsuit to proceed with Warzone trademark registration following a dispute.
Activision has filed a complaint this week in a California district court to end a dispute over the “Warzone” trademark.
The creator of a browser game, that is barely known, called Warzone.com apparently filed a trademark dispute against Activision for using “Warzone” as the name for their Call of Duty Battle Royale experience.
Fizzer, the creator of a browser game called Warzone, claims Activision should not be granted the trademark for Warzone because it has caused confusion over their own game. The dispute began in June 2020, when Activision filed a trademark for “Warzone” and “Call of Duty Warzone,” as first reported by PC Gamer.
In a lawsuit filed by Activision on April 8, 2021, Activision says that they are seeking declaratory relief because Warzone.com’s owners won’t stop attempting to halt their trademark usage of ‘Warzone.’ The lawsuit also says that Warzone.com’s owners stopped negotiating after declining the company’s counter offer sent at the end of March.
Activision also says they first filed trademark for Warzone in June 2020, with the browser game company only filing for the trademark in October 30, 2020. The browser based game has been available since 2017, but the company behind the game never filed a trademark for it until Activision’s Warzone became popular.
“Defendant’s threats of litigation and active efforts to block Activision’s trademark registrations have created an actual and live controversy as to the parties’ respective rights to use or register trademarks that include the word “Warzone.” Because Activision’s use of the “Warzone” title is both protected by the First Amendment and unlikely to cause consumer confusion, Activision is entitled to a declaration that it has not infringed Defendant’s alleged trademark and is entitled to have its pending trademark applications mature to registration.“
In the trademark filing in October 2020, the Warzone.com owner claimed that Activision’s trademark of Warzone “has already and will continue to result in the relevant consuming public being confused, mistaken or deceived” despite the fact that not many people have heard of the .com game.
Activision’s lawyers went off against the company in their latest filing stating that no one could compare Call of Duty Warzone to their “low budget” browser based game.
Activision’s filing says, “Call of Duty: Warzone could not be more different from Defendant’s game, a low-budget, niche virtual board game like Hasbro’s Risk. It is inconceivable that any member of the public could confuse the two products or believe that they are affiliated with or related to each other.”
Call of Duty: Warzone and Warzone have both been filed by Activision as “live” trademarks per the US Patent & Trademark’s office website. The two were registered on June 20, 2020 and are waiting to go live, per Activision’s new lawsuit.
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