It looks like you can be so good at Call of Duty, the game thinks you're cheating.
That's what a developer at Battlefield maker DICE reckons after he was banned from playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Florian Le Bihan, who works on core gameplay design on Battlefield 5 at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden, took to Twitter to bemoan an unexpected ban he received from playing Treyarch's game.
Proclaiming his innocence, Le Bihan, who also goes by the name Drunkkz3, uploaded a gameplay video showing off his play. Brace yourself - this is some of the most impressive Call of Duty skill you'll ever see.
Le Bihan, playing on PC, uses a pistol called the Mozu, with a scope attachment to nail headshot after headshot, whizzing this way and that as he downs enemy after enemy in double time. He even does it with a sniper rifle, effortlessly no-scoping his way through teams of enemy players. He's so accurate, and so fast, that at points he's already turning to move onto the next target before his shot has registered a kill.
As someone who is currently soldiering through Black Ops 4 multiplayer, I find it difficult to comprehend the level Le Bihan is playing at here. He's quite clearly above the norm in terms of skill - so much so, it appears he triggered a number of cheating red flags.
This morning, Le Bihan found out his ban had been lifted, and he was free to continue playing Black Ops 4. So, what happened?
In a tweet, Le Bihan suggested his headshot ratio, his kills per minute and "drastic performance trend changes over time" might have triggered Black Ops 4's anti-cheat system. In short, he was playing so well, the game thought he was using an aimbot to nail loads of headshots in quick succession. This, perhaps coupled with player reports from disgruntled players who thought they were up against a cheater, might have set alarm bells ringing at Treyarch. (For what it's worth, we've asked Activision for comment.)
While Le Bihan's skill is obviously out of the norm, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise. He's a former professional player of Battlefield, and was one of the best French players of Battlefield 3. He also won a number of Battlefield 4 tournaments, joining well-known esports team Fnatic.
Le Bihan attended Battlefield "Game Changer" events as a pro to provide the development teams with feedback from a competitive standpoint. Then the job offer from DICE came in - and he took it.
So, the moral of the story? Be good at COD - but not too good!