In a surprising twist on the normal Call of Duty: Warzone cheating issues that have plagued the battle royale since launch, hackers appear to be boosting high-profile streamers' accounts to level 1000 and unlocking their weapon camos.
A raft of popular Warzone streamers were shocked to see their accounts hit the maximum level 1000 while playing last night, and all Black Ops Cold War weapons in the game hit maximum level, complete with all camos unlocked.
Yes, even the incredibly difficult to obtain Dark Matter camos for these weapons were unlocked.
The most high-profile Warzone streamer to be hit by this hack is Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff, who has 1.9 million followers on Twitter, 5.9 million followers on Twitch, and 3.95 million subscribers on YouTube.
It also happened to Faze's Swagg, who has 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube, and Warzone streamers Biffle and Smixie.
And then I get hacked too level 1000 and all my guns unlocked I am inches from uninstalling https://t.co/a9HrHkk4fB— Smixie (@iSmixie) July 12, 2021
It's unclear how some players are able to target others in a Warzone lobby with this hack. It may be the case that the hack is having the unintended effect of spilling over into accounts it runs up against in-game - potentially specifically the account of a player who kills someone who has used the hack.
My cursory research online reveals a number of websites selling Call of Duty account boosting. One website, which we will not name, sells a Black Ops Cold War boost that includes all multiplayer camos as well as level 1000 and max weapons for £99.99 - down from £149.99.
The website says the way it works is the customer is invited into a private lobby where in just minutes they will receive all camos for all weapons. This works on all platforms, including console, apparently. The website even claims a zero percent rate of bans over the last 12 months. All you need is Modern Warfare installed.
The emergence of this hack and its impact on streamers comes at a difficult time for Warzone, which has seen complaints about cheating skyrocket in recent weeks. Last week we reported on a new cheat that uses machine learning, which sparked concern it could ruin Call of Duty competitive play on console. Activision reacted quickly to scrub it from the internet and put a stop to its development.
There is now increasing pressure on Activision to address Warzone cheating and hacking with a public statement after a recent period of radio silence.