Call of Duty HQ, which includes the two latest Modern Warfare games and Warzone, was added to NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW service on November 30. The launch of cloud streaming did not go as well as many had hoped, with gamers reporting on Reddit and Twitter that their Activision accounts were blocked after playing Call of Duty in the cloud.
When Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard King, it struck a deal with Nvidia to add the Call of Duty franchise to its cloud streaming service to alleviate regulatory concerns about the nascent market. The addition of COD HQ to the cloud streaming service is the first step in bringing this deal to fruition, with newer COD titles available to play now via the cloud, and older COD titles later.
However, the latest Call of Duty titles are using RICOCHET’s proprietary anti-cheat software, called RICOCHET AntiCheat. If RICOCHET detects problematic software, anti-cheat action is triggered, which can result in a player’s Activision account being blocked, and there have been problems with some players confusing the RICOCHET AntiCheat software with software that can be used to cheat in online multiplayer games.
Some gamers have reported that they have appealed bans received in the last 24 hours for playing games through GeForce Now, but these bans are not often overturned. To date, neither NVIDIA, Activision, Microsoft nor the creators of Call of Duty have acknowledged any concerns about RICOCHET or false recognition bans through NVIDIA GeForce Now.
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