Legal threats from Activision have apparently caused a cheat maker for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PC to pull its wares and apologize to the CoD community.
As spied by Reddit and reported by Eurogamer this weekend, CxCheat.net notified its users, who paid up to $60 for cheats, that it was removing all Call of Duty “products or services sold through the site.” Development of and support for these cheats was also terminated, per an agreement with Activision.
The message was captured in a Discord chat that has since gone offline. One of the developers warned customers that “using third-party tools in Call of Duty may result in the suspension or banning of your account.” Further, “we apologize for any pain we’ve caused to players of Call of Duty.”
Polygon could not find any lawsuit brought in federal court by Activision in the past four years against any cheat maker. We’ve reached out to an Activision representative for additional comment.
CxCheat.net was inaccessible at the time of publication. Eurogamer reported this weekend that, when it was still up, CxCheat.net still had cheats for Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds available. One customer complained in the since-deleted Discord of spending $60 on a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare cheat, and wanting a refund.
Cheating, particularly on PC, has long been a problem in Call of Duty’s multiplayer, and the popularity of Modern Warfare’s its battle royale mode Warzone has made it even more prevalent. In June, cheating had gotten bad enough that Infinity Ward issued a wave of bans and promised more were coming. “Anything that suggests altering the memory on your console or PC in order to acquire new gear, items, or loadouts beyond what is offered in-game is a hack, and is considered cheating,” the developer reminded.