Activision Threaten Repeated and Extreme Cheaters with Ban from all Call of Duty Games “Past, Present, and Future”

Call of Duty Vanguard

Activision have announced repeated or extreme cheaters may face bans from all “past, present, and future” Call of Duty games.


A recent progress report on the Ricochet anti-cheat software, used for  and , also detailed changes to the Security Enforcement Policy.

This included mention that extreme or repeated violation of the policy, such a cheating or hiding your identity when doing so, would result in permanent suspension of all accounts. This would also include bans applying to the entire franchise.

“Extreme or repeated violations of the security policy – such as in-game cheating – may result in a permanent suspension of all accounts. Additionally, any attempt to hide, disguise, or obfuscate your identity or the identity of your hardware devices may also result in a permanent suspension.

Permanent suspensions for security infractions may now apply franchise wide, including Call of Duty: Vanguard as well as any past, present, and future titles in the Call of Duty franchise.”

One has to wonder how Activision hope to enforce this policy, when it is targeting those who do not wish to be identified. Does the policy go too far? Sound off in the comments below!


This is not the first we’ve heard of Ricochet beyond its initial announcement. Activision had to deal with its new Kernel-level anti-cheat drivers leaking to cheat developers 24 hours after being announced. Some held the belief it was a fake leak, making hackers waste time developing work-arounds for files that would not be in the final anti-cheat software.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available on Windows PC (via, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. In case you missed it, you can find our review here.

Call of Duty: Warzone is available and free-to-play on Windows PC (via, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The game is also part of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War. 

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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