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Vikkstar hits back at claims he quit Warzone because he was cheating

After cheaters forced internet celebrity Vikkstar to quit Warzone, he shut down theories that he quit out of fear of being caught cheating.

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After content creator and internet celebrity Vikram “Vikkstar” Singh Barn quit Warzone because of the abundance of cheaters, he squashed theories that he was also cheating.

When Warzone was first launched in March 2020, Vikkstar dominated competitive Warzone, winning three Warzone Wednesday tournaments in a row.

Since then, Vikkstar has become the co-owner of CDL team the London Royale Ravens.

On January 30, Vikkstar posted a YouTube video explaining why he quit Warzone. Creating content for a game where the player base “is now so saturated with hackers” was too stressful, so he’s taking a break until it’s fixed.

This news went worldwide, being covered by major non-gaming focused news organizations.

Now, Vikkstar has been accused of leaving Warzone because he was hacking and will soon be caught.

“There have been a good few people in my mentions convinced that I have been hacking on Warzone,” explained Vikkstar. “And the reason I stopped posting is because I was afraid I would be caught and banned.”

“It’s both hilarious & terrifying how small-minded people can be,” he hit back. “Love a conspiracy theory.”

With Vikkstar being a partnered Call of Duty creator with his gameplay being watched by millions of viewers, it would be next to impossible for him to get away with cheating.

The amount of scrutiny that streamers can receive was demonstrated when a small streamer had some suspicious clips in the Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament, he was disqualified. 100 Thieves pro-player Tommey looked through his PC live on stream but after being unable to find incriminating evidence, Tommey apologized.

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A fan joked with Vikkstar, telling him “with your aim recently there is no way you’re hacking.”

Vikkstar agreed, replying “Facts. I’m not top tier and I’m very much okay with it.”

As a Call of Duty partner, Vikkstar has confirmed that he is in talks with Activision regarding the cheating problem. Since then, Activision announced they have permanently banned 60,000 cheaters and has promised to improve their in-game anti-cheat system.

Image Credit: Vikkstar / Activision

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How to fix Call of Duty: Warzone dev error 5573

If you’ve been hit by Warzone dev error 5573 bug, here are some easy to follow steps to fix the problem in Season 4. and get back into the fight.

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Warzone PC players are being plagued by “dev error 5573,” but luckily, we have some quick and simple fixes for the issue.

Although cheaters are tearing through Warzone matches again, there’s nothing worse than booting up the game and being faced with a dev error. Several of these errors have plagued both Warzone and Cold War, but luckily the issue can usually be fixed by following some simple steps.

Here’s how to fix the dev error 5573 that has been preventing PC players from accessing Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4.

How to fix Warzone dev error 5573

Warzone dev error 5573

1. Check Windows is up-to-date

If you’re hit with Warzone dev error 5573, the first thing you should do is make sure that Windows is up-to-date. Here’s how:

  1. Press Win+I together to open up Windows Settings
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’
  3. Press ‘Check for updates’
  4. Follow the steps until it says ‘You’re up to date’

2. Check your graphics drivers are up-to-date

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The majority of reports say that Warzone’s dev error 5573 is graphics-related, which means the fix is simple – you just need to update your graphics drivers. You should keep these up to date anyway to ensure you’re getting the best PC performance and to fix low FPS issues.

There’s software such as Driver Easy that will keep your drivers up-to-date for you or update them yourself. Here’s how:

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

3. Scan and Repair Warzone

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If none of these fixes work, you should try running a Scan and Repair on Warzone. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open Battle.net
  2. Click on ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
  3. Hit ‘Options’ beside the ‘Play’ button
  4. Select ‘Scan and Repair’
  5. When done, launch Warzone

Hopefully, one of these fixes will get rid of the frustrating Warzone dev error 5573. If you have no luck, you should contact Activision Support for further help.

Image Credit: Activision / Battle.net

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Warzone players are once again seeing hackers using their own custom skins

Hackers are continuing to make their presence in Warzone known by using custom skins to make themselves identifiable.

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Verdansk is still being populated by hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4, with another recent example showing someone blatantly using their own custom skins in-game.

Despite Activision’s best attempts to curtail the threat of hackers by banning accounts, hackers remain a constant presence in Warzone lobbies. Whether they are exploiting a God glitch or giving themselves unlimited UAV, hackers are manipulating games of Warzone, souring the experience for others in the process.

But now some of them are not only being caught on Twitch openly hacking, but they are making themself deliberately visible by using their own hacked skins.

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We reported not too long ago that hackers were making their own Operator skins, and now a few weeks later the trend doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping.

The player to fall foul of another Warzone hacker is Reddit user Mhartzzzy who, in their own words, said: “As soon as I saw the skin I knew I was doomed. First game from a weeks break of Warzone. Think I’ll take a month or 2 away this time lmao.”

Their resignation was because of a video they posted showing themself running around the walkway above the Gulag.

At first, everything looked normal. Then, a few seconds into the video, you realize that one of the other players was not dressed normally and looked noticeably different. They were wearing a hacked Operator skin that resembled a red and white checkered picnic cloth.

Our player’s Gulag match began and they were promptly dispatched by the cheating Gulag opponent. At the end of the clip, you saw the player report the hacker for cheating.

Again, we’ve seen examples of this already, and without a proper anti-cheat system in place, it’s likely we’ll see more of these hacked skins going forward in Warzone.

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Best FN Scar 17 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 4

The FN Scar-17 can be highly effective at range, so here are the attachments and perks to make the best Warzone Scar loadout for Season 4 Reloaded.

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Best Warzone Scar Loadout

The FN Scar 17 is an impressive weapon capable of dealing large amounts of pain to your enemies in Warzone, and you can improve its destructive capabilities with the best Warzone Scar loadout for Season 4 Reloaded.

Warzone Season 4 brought many major weapon buffs and nerfs to the battle royale. As a result, the new update’s meta is mostly Assault Rifle-based, so you’ll be sticking with medium to long-range combat situations.

While it’s not the most popular pick, the FN Scar 17 received some buffs and is now a much bigger threat on Verdansk. It just needs the right attachments and perks to make it a weapon that players can secure victories and highlights with.

Here’s how to make the best Warzone Scar loadout to maximize this Modern Warfare Assault Rifle’s potential in Season 4 Reloaded.

Best Warzone Scar loadout

Best Warzone Scar loadout

Best Warzone Scar loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FORGE TAC 20.0″
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Optic: PBX Holo 7 Sight
  • Ammo: 30 Rounds Mags

The FN Scar 17’s biggest strengths are its high damage range, admirable rate of fire, and low recoil. The major drawback is its troublesome accuracy, so we’ll work on priming it for medium-range combat in Warzone.

We’ll start the best Warzone Scar loadout with the Monolithic Suppressor to boost the already impressive effective damage range of the FN Scar 17. It also slightly improves accuracy, and the sound suppression will keep you from being visible on the minimap while firing.

The FORGE TAC 20.0″ will improve the weapon’s bullet velocity, damage range, and recoil control. This will help you spot enemies over long-range but comes at the cost of reduced ADS speed, along with movement speed.

Best Warzone Scar loadout

You’ll need to bring the weapon’s recoil under control, and the Commando Foregrip will help with that. You can then take advantage of the improved aiming stability of the Best Warzone Scar loadout during medium-range combat.

When engaging in battle with an enemy that’s far away, you’ll definitely need an optic sight, and the PBX Holo 7 Sight is a great choice. It will allow you to clearly see your opponent at the cost of a mild decrease in ADS speed.

Finally, we’ll focus on fixing the Scar 17’s ammo problem, as it comes with just 20 Rounds Mags by default. The 30 Rounds Mags will ensure that you have plenty of firepower to take down your opponents.

Best perks to use with Warzone Scar class

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill/Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

Now that we’ve equipped the right attachments, we’re going to pick some solid perks to help you out during battle when using the best Warzone Scar loadout. We’ll start with the E.O.D perk that will let you tank an onslaught of explosives coming your way.

Since this Assault Rifle will mainly be used for ranged combat, you’ll need something like the Nail Gun for close-quarters combat. Overkill will let you pick two primary weapons. Then you can get Ghost from the next loadout drop to hide from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Lastly, you should select Amped so that you can instantly swap between your weapons, which is much faster than reloading. This way, you won’t be left vulnerable for a few moments while your foes attack you.

How to unlock the FN Scar 17

Best Warzone Scar loadout

The good news is that there’s no unlock challenge to complete if you want to add the Scar 17 to your inventory. This weapon is immediately available to use when you hop into a match, so you can quickly make the best Warzone Scar loadout once you have leveled this weapon up.

Try out the gun with these attachments and perks in Season 4, and you’ll get to absolutely annihilate your foes, even when facing off against new weapons like the MG 82.

Best alternatives

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best loadouts below.

XM4 | C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | Swiss K31 | Fara 83

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