Activision has announced a new ban wave was issued in Call of Duty: Warzone which resulted in a massive reduction in hack accounts.
First reported by VICE, Activision has said that over 60,000 accounts were banned in a recent ban wave that occurred this week.
The company shared an update on the Call of Duty Blog, revealing that a total of 300,000 accounts have been banned since Warzone’s launch.
The blog post provides updates on the state of Call of Duty: Warzone. Fans have been incredibly frustrated with the lack of open line of communications from Raven Software and Activision on the anti-cheat tools and updates. Activision promises to address this going forward with “at minimum” monthly updates, and even sometimes, weekly updates on what’s to come.
“For Warzone communications, the Warzone development team at Raven Software will take the lead on sharing updates going forward. We will provide monthly updates at a minimum, and when possible, weekly updates to the community.”
The company says that they have taken many actions since the game’s launch to combat hackers and cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone, including:
- Weekly backend security updates
- Improved in-game reporting mechanisms
- Added 2-factor authentication, which has invalidated over 180,000 suspect accounts
- Eliminated numerous unauthorized third party software providers
- Increased dedicated teams and resources across software development, engineering, data science, legal and monitoring
They now plan to add more to that, including updates to their internal anti-cheat software.
- Enhancements to our internal anti-cheat software
- Additional detection technology
- Adding new resources dedicated to monitoring and enforcement
- Regular communication updates on progress; more two-way dialogue
- Zero tolerance for cheat providers
- Consistent and timely bans
Additional updates from Activision:
We have zero tolerance for cheaters across Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Warzone™. Our focus is to combat both cheaters and cheat providers. Today we banned 60,000 accounts for confirmed cases of using cheat software in Warzone, bringing our total to date of more than 300,000 permabans worldwide since launch.
We are also continuing our efforts to identify and address cheat providers at the source, who distribute unauthorized third party software for modding or hacking.
We are committed to delivering a fair and fun experience for all players. This is a dedicated focus for our security, enforcement and technology teams.
The security and enforcement teams have additional measures coming – both preventative and enforcement – throughout this year to root out both cheaters and cheat providers.
We know cheaters are constantly looking for vulnerabilities, and we continue to dedicate resources 24/7 to identify and combat cheats, including aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stat hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, hex editors and any third party software that is used to manipulate game data or memory.
SOURCE: Call of Duty
Warzone expert claims overlooked LMG’s TTK outshines best weapons in Season 4 Reloaded
According to a Warzone expert an underrated LGM can surpass the KG M40 as the best long-range weapon in Season 4 Reloaded.
It’s been some time since an LMG has dominated the long-range Warzone meta, but an expert believes that this could be the case in Season 4 Reloaded.
Thanks to balanced buffs and nerfs in the Season 4 Reloaded update, Warzone’s long-range meta is quite varied at the moment. Despite the diversity, the KG M40 is marginally considered the best weapon in Warzone.
Popular weapons tend to hog the spotlight in Warzone and the KG M40 is currently the most popular weapon in Warzone. However, a Warzone expert believes that an LMG with an incredible TTK can outshine every long-range option in Season 4 Reloaded, including the KG M40.
The UGM-8 made its way to Warzone at the start of Season 4 and had an immediate impact thanks to a powerful burst loadout. Now, Warzone expert WhosImmortal believes that a fully automatic loadout for the UGM-8 has what it takes to rise to the top of the long-range meta.
Players have been calling for LMG buffs so the class can compete with overpowered Assault Rifles. Thanks to an incredible TTK over range, the UGM-8 can outshine the NZ-41, Vargo 52, and KG M40. As WhosImmortal puts it: “we’re outgunning everything with this thing.”
WhosImmortal backs up his claim with stats and it’s clear to see just how much the UGM-8 dominates when it comes to TTK. Of course, the KG M40 is the more accurate of the two, but if you’re confident in your aim, then utilizing the LMG’s absurd TTK is your best bet.
WhosImmortal’s Warzone UGM-8 loadout
- Muzzle: MX Silencer
- Barrel: Bernard XL214 736mm
- Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
- Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
- Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
- Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 125 Round Box
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
- Perk: Tight Grip
- Perk 2: Fully Loaded
For starters, the Bernard XL214 736mm is one of the weapon’s fully automatic barrels and it will help with recoil control while also increasing bullet velocity.
The most important attachment is without a doubt the 6.5mm Sakura 125 Round Box as it is vital in maximizing the UGM-8’s TTK. If you want to use the LMG as a medium-range aggressive weapon then you can opt for a smaller magazine size.
Most of the remaining attachments like Tight Grip, Hatched Grip, M1930 Strife Angled, and Mercier WT Ancre contribute to the weapon’s aiming stability and recoil control. While the LMG boasts a fantastic TTK, making your shots count and taming the weapon is the key to this loadout’s success.
For more, check out our guide to the highest K/D weapons in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
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Best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded
Here are the attachments, Perks, and Equipment to make the best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
The MP40 SMG is a great choice for close-range combat, and here are the right attachments, Perks, and Equipment that you can use for the best MP40 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
Even after the meta changes following the arrival of the Season 4 Reloaded weapon buffs and nerfs, you can still use the MP40 to cause some serious pain. We’ll go over the ideal attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to do that.
Here’s the best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
- Best MP40 attachments for Warzone Pacific
- Best MP40 Perks and equipment
- How to unlock the MP40 in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific
- Warzone Pacific alternatives to MP40
Best Warzone MP40 loadout attachments
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: VDD 189mm Short
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
- Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
- Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
- Ammunition: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
- Perk: Steady
- Perk 2: Quick
This Warzone MP40 loadout will start by equipping the Recoil Booster muzzle and VDD 189mm Short barrel to boost the weapon’s damage range while lowering its TTK.
The Krausnick 33M Folding, m1941 Hand Stop, and Stippled Grip will help bring the weapon’s recoil under control. You can then use the Slate Reflector optic to eliminate enemies from a distance.
We went with the 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags as our magazine choice to ensure that the weapon has plenty of ammo, and the Lengthened ammo type will provide a boost to bullet velocity.
For our perks, we went with Steady to boost movement speed while aiming down sights, and Quick to improve movement speed so that we can get around the map quickly.
Best Warzone MP40 Perks and Equipment
- Perk 1: E.O.D
- Perk 2: Overkill
- Perk 3: Amped
- Lethal Equipment: Semtex
- Tactical Equipment: Stim
E.O.D will protect you from explosive damage from Grenades, and Overkill will allow you to pair the MP40 with an Assault Rifle like the Cooper Carbine. For our final Perk, we went with Amped to quickly swap between the two weapons.
Coming to our choice of equipment the Semtex will allow you to deal damage to multiple foes and a Stim will give you a quick health boost.
How to unlock the MP40 in Warzone Pacific
If you want to get your hands on the MP40 in Warzone and Vanguard, then you’ll need to reach Rank 16. You can do this after hopping into a few matches and playing well until you level up.
Once you reach Rank 16, this weapon will automatically be added to your inventory, so you don’t need to worry about completing some long and difficult unlock challenge first.
Best Warzone Pacific alternatives to MP40
If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Warzone MP40 then the Macro 5 is a great SMG choice that’s ideal for close-range combat. The H4 Blixen is another great option that boasts an impressive K/D ratio.
For more Warzone content, you can check out how players are begging the devs to make Champion of Caldera LTM permanent and the frustrating reason why the devs can’t buff Modern Warfare weapon attachments.
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Warzone players beg devs to make Champion of Caldera LTM permanent
Warzone’s Champion of Caldera has been a massive hit amongst players and they’re desperate to see the LTM become a permanent mode.
The Champion of Caldera LTM is one of Warzone’s most popular playlist additions and players are begging the devs to make it a permanent mode in Season 4 Reloaded.
The Warzone playlist changes every week with new modes replacing old ones in a constant cycle. This rotation helps keep the game feeling fresh as players are never stuck with the same modes for too long.
Warzone LTMs are usually a big success amongst players as they offer an escape from the gameplay formula they’re used to. Previously, Operation Monarch, Caldera Clash, and Golden Plunder have all been LTMs that players seemed to enjoy.
However, the nature of a limited time mode is self-explanatory, in that it is meant to only be around for a short amount of time. In this short period, players have grown to love the Champion of Caldera mode, so much so that they’re now demanding that the devs make it permanent.
Champion of Caldera has been around since Season 3 Reloaded and the mode allows you to spawn in with your choice of loadout. With no need to loot for top-tier weapons, your goal is to survive amidst a constantly-closing circle that forces a ton of engagements.
Reddit user chopbustre produces an explanation in favor of the mode staying, in which they claim that the constant action has actually made them a better Warzone player: “My game sense and skill has improved dramatically over the last week. I am a 1 KD player who has upped to 1.6 since I started playing this mode.”
It seems there are benefits to playing Champion of Caldera beyond the fact that it is a fun Warzone experience. With over 200 upvotes at the time of writing, it’s no surprise that several players shared the OP’s sentiment:
“Fully agree. The constant circling and no camping truly is the best. In regular caldera people get loadout in sit in the same place all game. This definitely minimizes that and makes this mode more enjoyable.”
It’s rare to see such a large group of players all in agreement over the fact that the “mode needs to stay.” In fact, most players unanimously agreed when it came to the mode’s one issue: “they need to take out the ability to shoot/kill people in the air off the plane drop.”
Since players drop in fully equipped with their top loadouts, the ability to shoot players out of the air can ruin the fun from the get-go. Nonetheless, Champion of Caldera has been a resounding success for the Warzone community and it’s clear to see why they want it to stay.
For more, check out when to expect Warzone Pacific Season 5 as well as the content you could expect for the major update.
Image Credit: Activision
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