Activision reverses Call of Duty bans for players using GeForce Now

Activision was banning gamers who played Call of Duty using online services like GeForce Now

GeForce Now users have recently become the newest victims of Call of Duty’s anti-cheat system. Yesterday, users of GeForce Now were getting banned from Call of Duty. Why? These users were being mistaken for cheaters.

GeForce Now is Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. It effectively allows gamers to access a RTX-powered gaming PC on the cloud, giving them access to their gaming libraries on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and more. Due to the cloud-based nature of these gaming PC servers, Activision mistook Nvidia’s GeForce Now service as a cheating device. This resulted in gamers getting banned.

Recently, ROG Ally (and other handheld gaming PC) users also felt the wrath of Call of Duty’s anti-cheat system. This was due to the fact that overlay applications on these systems were also being mistakenly identified as cheats.

The good news, at least for GeForce Now users, is that Activision now claims that these false bans have now been reversed. This means that users of Nvidia’s cloud gaming service can now play Call of Duty once again.

This whole episode is a hugely embarrassing one for both Nvidia and Activision. Nvidia recently hyped up Call of Duty’s addition to their game streaming platform. Nvidia were encouraging their users to play Modern Warfare II, Modern Warfare III and Warzone, and they got banned as a result. Thankfully, these bans have now been reversed. Even so, this does not paint GeForce Now or Activision’s anti-cheat systems in a good light.

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