World Series of Warzone Qualifiers Rocked By Allegations of Cheating

This year, the second season of the World Series of Warzone will take place, boasting a $600,000 prize pool. It’s an almost entirely refreshed event, compared to last year’s inaugural season, bringing an all-new structure and format. At the moment, Warzone players are competing in the open qualifiers, as this year, anybody can realistically qualify for the World Series of Warzone, provided they have the skills to do so.

Unfortunately, the qualification stage for the WSoW has come under intense fire following a string of allegations. At the heart of these claims, which are based on almost indisputable evidence, sits the statement that many players are cheating to gain more qualification points. From utilising VPNs to gain easier lobbies to stream sniping, and from boosting kills from friends to using aimbot technology, there’s an absolute storm of concerns circling the entire stage.

World Series of Warzone Under Attack

Earlier today, ‘VPN’ and ‘VPNing’ were trending terms on Twitter, for one reason only. There’s a mass uproar bursting through the Call of Duty community, as evidence is surfacing that suggests many competitors are using VPN technology to land easier lobbies in the WSoW open qualifiers. While it may not be seen as ‘actual cheating’, using a VPN is a tactic shrouded in that grey area that can be classed as immoral, or just not right.

On Twitter, ModernWarzone summarised the situation perfectly:

Outside of the usage of VPNs, some competitors are stream sniping other qualifying teams. By stream sniping, we mean that they’re literally watching the streams of other players, employing ‘certain tactics’ to enter their games, and rushing straight over to kill them as quickly as possible.

Further to that, some players that are attempting to qualify are accused of having their friends enter their games as opponents. Then, it’s a simple case of just meeting up and having the player that is attempting to qualify gun them down to earn the points needed to climb the leaderboard.

But What Will The Outcome Be?


Aydan is a streamer often accused of using a VPN (Image Credit: New York Subliners)

Ultimately, this is a short-term, losing tactic for all involved, as the World Series of Warzone isn’t played on public servers that can essentially be manipulated. As an official Call of Duty tournament, the WSoW is played under strict conditions on closed, custom servers, which will mean any players that have cheated to make it to the full tournament will be in for a nasty surprise.

For around a year, many of the world’s greatest Call of Duty players have been accused of using VPNs on Warzone. It’s an easily hidden piece of software that simply allows the user to connect to the game as though they were playing from somewhere else in the world. By doing this, a player can ‘trick’ Warzone’s SBMM systems or play against opponents that might not be from a ‘cracked market’.

When it comes to Call of Duty betting, the World Series of Warzone will ultimately remain quite safe. While the qualifying stages are being toyed with by certain players, the actual tournament is much more regulated and better governed.