The $ 250,000 Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event ran into a major obstacle in the way on January 21, as the alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition before the final round.
One of Warzone’s biggest events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five rounds of private lobby action, a number of veteran rivals at Warzone began accusing players of cheating at the tournament.
The trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker and Unifyz were excluded from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came before the players went out to the fifth and final match of the day.
Based on the evidence provided by various sources inside and outside the tournament, [Twitch has] So decided [their] Event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained that the gameplay was unnatural.
As a result of their disqualification, Twitch chose to go ahead with the event. Instead of restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map lasted with one less team.
The accusations began to pile up after the fourth round of work. Players noticed some very sharp targets coming from METZY_B in particular.
Soon it was Warzone’s resident investigator on the case, starting to dissect the footage. It was the weird auto-aiming that caught his attention, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked” an opposing player in the clip.
🚨 Today’s Twitch Rivals Warzone event has been surpassed for $ 250K on fraud charges.
The tournament was stalled before the final map as players called for a restart due to alleged cheaters in the private lobby. pic.twitter.com/XIm2GUpJKh
– DEXERTO Call of Duty (DexertoIntel) January 22, 2021
Given the $ 250,000 available, there was a lot at stake. $ 45,000 was at stake for the winning team, while last place would have awarded the alleged cheaters $ 1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for awards,” as Twitch confirmed soon.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spread across social media, with many of the biggest names on Warzone reiterating their grip on the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.
“Unfortunately, without anti-cheat, the original Warzone rounds are not possible anymore,” said NICKMERCS. “There is a lot of cheese and the road is a lot of mice.”
Unfortunately, without the anti-cheat, the original Warzone tournaments are not possible anymore. We learned a lot from those gloves and I’m telling you all … there’s a lot of cheese and a way a lot of mice. Bob and Weave Baby.
– FaZe Nickmercs (@nickmercs) January 22, 2021
“We can no longer take competitive Warzone seriously,” added Kali, a Rivals player.
“Pirates in a private foyer on tour of 250 thousand. F *** And I’m incredibly wondering how much more I can handle this awkward game guy.”
You can’t take the competitive war zone seriously anymore. Infiltrators in a private lobby for the 250 thousand tour. Incredibly silly I wonder how much I can take from this awkward game guy
– Kale (KaleiRenay) January 22, 2021
Despite using the game’s dedicated feature of Warzone, which means random players cannot join the lobby, it seems cheaters are still making their way to the game’s biggest tournament so far in 2021.
The fifth game continued with one fewer team in the lobby. The champions were crowned and the prize pool of $ 250,000 was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our Events Center for a full summary of issues Twitch Rivals Warzone game Competition.