Call of Duty: Warzone now requires SMS verification for free-to-play players on PC

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 09:01 GMT

Call of Duty: Warzone has implemented a new requirement for free-to-play players that should cut down on the number of cheaters.

Following the example of CS:GO and other free-to-play games, Call of Duty: Warzone now requires two-step SMS verification for its free-to-play players on PC.

This basically means anyone who doesn’t own the full game must tie an active mobile number to their profile, which they’ll be receiving a SMS message on, similar to how two-factor authentication works over email.

For now, this is only a requirement on PC, but it should make the process of creating new accounts much harder for cheaters, since they’ll also have to buy a new line every time they get banned.

This is obviously not an entirely foolproof solution, as burners exist, and so do sites that generate temporary mobile numbers. But, it’s a step in the right direction for a game that’s been struggling a bit with cheaters.

Just last month, Warzone started matching cheaters with other cheaters in separate lobbies. Infinity Ward also recently updated its player-reporting tools to allow everyone to report cheaters through the spectator view and killcam.

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