Cheats for Call of Duty games are nearly as old as the series itself, with anyone who plays looking to get any advantage they can over the competition. However, a large profiteer of those exploits, Lergware, is shutting down operations after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Activision Blizzard.
Apparently, the service has led to players having their accounts attacked by cheaters in Call of Duty: Cold War due to these exploits, with some users even stating that it’s begun to spread to games as recent as Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. If it is spilling over into recent games, it would make sense why the developer has finally acted on it, but this is just speculation.
There have been reports in recent months of players getting kicked from games or losing their accounts entirely as cheaters have found new exploits to take advantage of. It’s unclear if the exploit has been patched, but if it hasn’t this doesn’t do much to solve the overall problem. If the same person, or someone else, were to create a clone of the program, it could do the same thing without a fix.
This is the second cease-and-desist that Activision Blizzard has filed in recent months, following the one sent to Epic Games regarding the Creative 2.0 levels recreating famous CoD maps. It will likely take some time before we see these changes in effect if this legal notice is enough to dissuade the cheating community from sinking its fangs deeper into the CoD series.