Call of Duty: Warzone is weakening cheaters’ guns so they can’t kill anyone

Call of Duty: Warzone’s anti-cheat efforts are most often in the form of ban waves, where developers clean up houses — at least briefly — on thousands of cheaters at once. But the system relies on data: you can’t launch a banwave until you know who to ban, right?Newest Ricochet Anti-Cheat Update Reveals how developers can get that information without benefiting cheaters in the process.

Warzone developers use a number of different “in-game mitigations” to prevent cheaters from making a mess for legitimate players when they think about how to deal with it. The latest one is called Damage Shield, which is an interesting in-game trap that doesn’t kick players when they’re caught cheating, but prevents them from doing “serious damage” to other people in the game. An Activision representative clarified that this means their overall damage output is significantly lower.