Activision has issued another wave of bans for Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard, banning over 48,000 cheaters thanks to the new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat software. This follows a similar wave of bans earlier this year after RICOCHET officially launched last month. While the kernel-level software is only required on PC, Activision has already reported that it has banned over 500,000 cheater accounts since the beginning of the year.
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This is the first wave of bans since RICOCHET’s official launch and seems to indicate that the solution is working as intended. Furthermore, as Vanguard doesn’t require the kernel-level driver to run, the announcement implies that these bans may also apply to other games that use Battle.net. Activision has stated that it is looking to implement the anti-cheat software on Vanguard sometime soon.
The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat software is an internally-developed kernel-level driver that checks to see whether players are using outside programs to cheat at the game. While Activision has been mass-banning those it finds cheating at games like Call of Duty: Warzone, this new software has allowed the company to go a step further and find cheaters that traditional server-side anti-cheat software wouldn’t normally catch.
There were some rumors that the source code for the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat leaked in October, which drew doubts on the longevity of the software. However, Activision later came out to say that, in fact, the leak was part of “controlled live testing” and that everything was all good. Hopefully, this means you won’t get aimbotted anytime in the near future.[Source: VGC]
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