Call of Duty cheaters on PC are pushing console players away from crossplay

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Last week, Infinity Ward said they'd "issued over 70,000 bans worldwide" to cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone (opens in new tab). And yet, as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) reports, players are still encountering aimbots and wallhacks in both Warzone and Modern Warfare. Here's just one blatant example of cheating (opens in new tab).

Obviously, mouse-and-keyboard players have an advantage over those using controllers, even with aim assist. But as the clip linked above shows, killcams expose players getting strings of kills via perfect headshots without ever aiming.

Players on console have the option to leave crossplay by going into their privacy settings, but this isn't ideal—both for players who want the option to play with their PC-owning friends, and because the 150-player lobbies necessary for Warzone take a long time to fill up when you're drawing on a fraction of the playerbase.

And while cheaters exist on console, as we all know there are drastically more of them on PC. Several years ago we published an investigation into the million-dollar business of videogame cheating (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
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Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.