Qualifiers of the $600k World Series of Warzone event have been hit by allegations of cheating and using VPNs after players inspected the early results.
The World Series of Warzone tournament returned in 2022, bringing an impressive prize pool of $600,000 that players were given the chance to win after participating in the open qualifiers on August 12.
However, shortly after the qualifiers came to an end, Warzone Pacific players closely examined the early results and threw accusations of cheating at their competitors in the tournament.
Popular content creator ‘Fifakill’ is considered one of the best Warzone players, and he gave his perspective on what happened during the World Series of Warzone open in-game qualifiers.
He tweeted that he was saddened to learn about “people VPNing, people stream sniping other qualifier teams, and worst of all, people getting into their friend’s games and dying to their friend repeatedly.”
The Call of Duty: Warzone pro then added that cheating in tournaments sends a terrible message to players that try their hardest to qualify, and could lead to open in-game qualifiers potentially being removed altogether.
The official rules on the tournament’s Gamebattles page explains that one kill is worth a single point for your whole team, and those points would then multiply based on placement. So, the first place team would get double points while second place would have a 1.5x multiplier.
Squads that managed to land in the Top 40 would be able to proceed to the next round. So, the number of kills scored by players is an important part of this tournament and cheating can ruin it for all the participants.
Fifakill wasn’t the only one who was frustrated to learn about the alleged cheating in the tournament, as many in the wider Warzone community have also responded negatively to this news.
Reddit user ‘aur0n’ shared the result of the qualifiers in the Warzone Pacific subreddit, and described the open in-game qualifiers as “really chalked.” The thread was filled with players who were equally upset about this.
Many of the commenters expressed their disdain for the cheating in the qualifiers, and some began to speculate about how exactly participants in the tournament were able to get this done.
One user suggested that the second place team was working together with the first place team to feed the one player massive kills and get the win. They figured that this explains how the former had two players with 34 deaths each.
This could have serious consequences for the teams that are currently leading in the tournament and it remains to be seen how the officials will respond to this. We’ll keep you posted about any new developments regarding this.
For more Warzone Pacific content, check out JGOD’s picks for the best meta loadouts in Season 4 Reloaded as well as our ranking of every Assault Rifle in the game.
Image credits: Raven Software
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