Activision Clamps Down on ‘Boosting Behaviour’ in Ranked Play


Activision Blizzard (and associated studios) has made it clear that there’s no room for ‘boosting behaviour’ on Modern Warfare 3’s Ranked Play platform. In a recent post on social media, it was revealed that the company’s anti-cheat team, Team RICOCHET, has performed a sweep against ‘accounts that engaged in any form of boosting behaviour’. This step was taken ahead of the impending launch of season three of Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone.

It might not be something that immediately comes to mind when one thinks about the ‘problems’ in Call of Duty, but it’s up there. Typically, it’s the cheaters and other malicious operators that cause the biggest issues in COD’s ecosystem, but boosters are also prone to spoiling the competitive ecosystem.

Get Them Out!

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In a statement on Twitter, Activision’s Team RICOCHET wrote:

‘Ranked Play progression boosting is in violation of the Call of Duty Security and Enforcement Policy. Ahead of the launch for Season 3, we have taken action against all detected accounts that engaged in any form of boosting behaviour within our competitive environment across Ranked Play modes for Modern Warfare III multiplayer and Call of Duty: Warzone.

The accounts flagged for such activities will undergo a reset of their account SR progression, serving as an initial measure as we investigate the severity of their misconduct for potential further consequences. Additionally, we have placed a high priority on the integrity of our Ranked Play leaderboards by clearing them of the accounts in question.

Fostering a fair and competitive environment for all of our players remains a top priority. We will continue to monitor leaderboards with new detections to identify boosted accounts and may fully reset SR on detected boosted accounts periodically to ensure our leaderboards reflect good, fair gameplay.’

In the comments on this post, players were quick to challenge Team RICOCHET. Many were calling for the squad to fix ‘the shadowban issue’ that has been plaguing users for some time. This is an issue that’s seeing legitimate, innocent players ‘shadowbanned’ for no reason, which restricts their matchmaking capabilities across Warzone and Modern Warfare 3.

This step won’t put any kind of a dent in the slew of cheaters causing constant issues in Call of Duty, but it’s a start.

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