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Players Cheating On Modern Warfare 2 Stuck With A Ban

Infinity Ward, the leading game developing company behind Call of Duty series, has banned 2500 players from playing the PC version of Modern Warfare 2. The decision was reported by Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward via a Twitter post.

Even though no official statement has been released by Infinity Ward on the fate of the banned gamers, Geek.com claims that the bans are permanent which means that the player will not be able to access the game from his online account.

The players were reportedly banned from the online multiplayer gaming platform of the game after reports of rapidly increasing incidents of dubious activity started to surface.

Richard Eid wrote on Geek.com that the bans were permanent as Infinity ward was using Steam’s tools called Steamworks which came with Valve Anti-Chat (VAC) which puts a lifetime ban on the cheaters account from playing the game through Steam and IWNet.

Infinity Ward had recently removed its dedicated server support of the game in favor of its own IWNet, a decision which was widely frowned upon.

Eid also added that the banned players can play the online game again, only when they purchase a new game all over again and create a new Steam account.

Our Comments

More companies are likely to move to platforms like Steam as these allow granular control on user access. This means that those who use illegal versions of games will find themselves kicked out without any chance of reprieve.

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