Activision’s latest ban wave has wiped out CDL players for unlock cheats

Activision’s latest ban wave has wiped out CDL players for unlock cheats
Images via CDL | Joe Brady | Seattle Surge
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Written by 

Jack Marsh

Published 

11th Apr 2024 17:20

Activision has really taken no prisoners in their latest ban wave, as Ricochet has smashed the gavel in the faces of official Call of Duty League stars.

Whereas fans often claim that streamers and professional players are protected from the anti-cheat software, one CDL player has revealed that they have been banned in the latest purge, and they might not be the only one.

According to players, a handful of official CDL accounts have been banned, after unlock tools have been flagged, leaving the players to have to pay fines.

CDL players' accounts banned in latest purge

 

All players in the Call of Duty League have two accounts: one for personal use which they will have had for years, and another for scrims and matches, which are controlled by Activision itself and league coordinators. 

But after Activision revealed that over 75,000 accounts have been banned in the last week (two waves of 27,000 and 58,000), multiple official CDL accounts have been hit.

Seattle Surge player Jordan "Abuzah" François took to Twitter to claim that he had been banned, 

Reportedly, these bans are a factor of using unlock tools, which basically unlock new weapons and skins before they have been released into the store, and while they have absolutely no influence on the matches themselves, they are still a bannable offence.

Other players have eluded to having a similar ban too, such as Ben "Beans" McMellon, while Abuzah has added more will follow as "90% of the league" also uses these features.

Banned CDL players reportedly face fines ahead of Major III

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As for the repercussions of these bans, well, the players will still be allowed to play and compete, although a fine appears to be enforceable as a new account will be needed - permanent bans are irreversible and Activision stands by this.

"I know someone who got banned for the camos too and they had to pay a fine," said James "Clayster" Eubanks on social media.

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Rest assured though, players will undoubtedly be free of actual cheats, given Activision controls the accounts, all of which go through rigorous tests before each qualifier and LAN match.

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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