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Players who used an exploit during Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare‘s ’12 Days of Winter’ giveaway, will now feel the full weight of the consequences coming down on them as developer Infinity Ward is starting to hand out punishments to those who used the exploit to farm a ton of rare stuff for free.

The exploit involved a supply drop that gave players 20 keys, a form of currency used in-game to buy supply drops containing rare items. Some players managed to figure out a way to get an infinite number of keys from the supply drop. Using this method, players were able to get most, if not all, epic variants, which allow you to add weapon perks, skins or completely new models for your weaponry. The exploit was so widely used that Activision shut down the game’s servers temporarily to fix the bug.

Players who were found guilty of using the exploit have received a 48-hour ban from the game’s servers in addition to an account “adjustment”. An in-game popup expands on what this adjustment means:

We have determined that your account has gained excess keys and salvage via cheats, exploits, or other actions. Your keys and salvage counts have been reset to zero and your account was inactive for at least 48 hours while the reset took place. This action intends to help maintain gameplay balance while aiming to support parity amongst all players.

Additional violations of our Security & Enforcement Policy regarding account boosting will find you subject to temporary or permanent suspensions from our game.

This notification was preceded by Infinity Ward Multiplayer Designer David Mickner in a tweet he posted to his account yesterday.

If there is one thing you should take away from this is that using an exploit (known or otherwise) will most of the time result in disciplinary actions taken against you, especially when the exploit gives you an unfair advantage over other players. Long story short: don’t cheat or use exploits in a multiplayer game. It’s just bad form.

What do you think of the banning and account resetting in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Chris Anderson

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I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.


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