Call of Duty shows how long cheaters stay in the game before the ban hammer hits them

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The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta is now over and the developers are preparing everything for the big launch on October 28th. As part of this, the team at Ricochet, CoD’s in-house anti-cheat, has now spoken out and explained what progress they have made and how the beta has helped them.

A beta always means a lot of stress for developers, because the work of the last months or years is made accessible to the general public for the first time. In addition, there is a huge amount of data to analyze and then a number of errors and small bugs to be fixed. Such a beta is also extremely helpful for the developers of anti-cheat programs. You can find the first weaknesses in the game code and you will also find out which ways and means cheaters and hackers use for their attacks.

In a statement, the team behind Ricochet shared their experience with the Modern Warfare 2 beta and how they plan to prepare for launch and beyond.

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Better protection with kernel-level drivers and SMS authentication

Kerner Level Drivers: The most important tool in the fight against cheaters are the so-called kernel-level drivers. They ensure that the developers can already detect malware and hacks on the respective PCs on which they are running and not only when they have a negative impact on the game. The advantage here is clearly speed: the makers of Ricochet have worked closely with the various studios that develop Call of Duty. In addition, the communication between server and client has been improved on many levels. Right from the start of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0, measures such as cloaking, damage shields or disarming should be active and ensure the integrity of the game.

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Regular Updates – The Ricochet team wants to ensure that Call of Duty’s defenses are always state-of-the-art with regular updates to the kernel-level driver. This technology is intended to ensure that new hacks or exploits are quickly detected. The quicker this happens, the quicker the security team can respond. In the never-ending cat-and-mouse game, you always want to be one step ahead of the providers of cheating software.

SMS authentication – As with Overwatch, for example, it will be necessary to verify your account with an SMS-enabled cell phone number. Thanks to 2-factor authentication, account security should be increased. The measure is also intended to prevent cheaters from simply creating new accounts and harassing legitimate players in Warzone.

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The results of the beta test are promising

Although not all Ricochet Anti-Cheat features were active during the MW2 beta, the developers gained a lot of insights. In this way, they were able to exclude many illegitimate players before the actual tests. During testing, other accounts found to be using cheats were banned:

  • In the run-up to the beta, over 60,000 illegitimate accounts were banned and were therefore unable to take part in the tests
  • Another 20,000 accounts were banned during the beta
  • An analysis of the data showed that 72% of all cheaters were already detected and banned before completing a single match
  • If cheaters did make it into a match, they were recognized after an average of 5 games and blocked accordingly

The Ricochet team is therefore confident of being prepared for the launch of Modern Warfare 2. In addition, they promise to further optimize the systems. This is also to prevent players from being unjustly excluded from the game. Finally, thank you to the community for helping keep Call of Duty fair game by reporting countless suspicious gameplay reports.

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