If you’ve gone onto a search engine seeking a Warzone permanent ban fix, then the chances are you’ve already been banned.
You certainly won’t be the first person to have banned. Famously, 48000 accounts were banned in a single day last year. When a permanent ban is applied, the results are usually pretty terminal. But is there any hope?
We’ll explain what you can do if you feel that a permanent ban has been applied incorrectly. We’ll also run through the various reasons why a permanent ban may have been applied. But we’ll say this now. Unlike the Warzone shadow ban, the chances are pretty slim that you can ‘fix’ this issue.
And with the upcoming release of Modern Warfare 2, it's worth making sure you are staying squeaky clean, lest you miss out on the new game. And if you want to know if Warzone 2 is coming to PS4 or Xbox One, we've got you covered.
How To Fix A Permanent Ban On Warzone
The only way to fix a permanent ban on Warzone is by appealing against the decision. But first, we’ll explain how that decision is made.
What is the policy?
According to Activision, “We maintain a zero-tolerance policy against cheating. The security team carefully monitors to ensure fair play and will actively remove players who do not adhere to these policies. The account holder is responsible for any infraction on the account. Penalties are applied no matter who was playing at the time.”
Essentially then, if the security team identify improper behaviour on your account, even if you weren’t playing, you could be banned. Furthermore, “If your account is confirmed to be permanently banned for a violation of our Security and Enforcement Policy, it will not be overturned unless we determine the infraction was due to unauthorized activity on your Activision account.”
In other words, if your account has been accessed by an unauthorised person, then there is a chance you can appeal the decision.
How to appeal
If you want to appeal against a permanent ban, your only option is to submit a support ticket. You’ll need to have a pretty good case for doing so, and as we said earlier, we wouldn’t recommend that you get your hopes up too high.
Once you’ve submitted your appeal, you’ll just have to be patient. Activision stated that they won’t provide any updates in the midst of the investigation. So when you do finally hear back, it will be with a final decision. They also state that they won’t accept multiple submissions or appeals that don’t come via a support ticket. So don’t start spamming them. That won’t go down well.
And finally, once they have made a decision, it is considered final. So don’t try to appeal an appeal. Instead, think about the circumstances that have led to the ban, and be honest with yourself about whether you have in fact breached any of their rules.
If your appeal is unsuccessful, and the permanent ban is enforced, you’re pretty stuck. Your only option will be to begin again with a brand new account. And maybe not cheat next time.
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Why Have You Received A Permanent Ban?
A permanent ban isn’t something that’s given out lightly. The fact it can apply to any and all Call of Duty titles, past, present and future, shows how seriously they take this. And there are plenty of reasons why you may get banned:
- Extreme or Repeated violations
- Spoofing - hiding or disguising your identity, or hardware identity
- Attempts to circumvent security systems
- Using unauthorised software in order to cheat, mod or hack
- Using pirated software
- Anyone using unsupported peripherals and applications, such as modded controllers, IP folders and lag switches
- Boosting - colluding with another user to exploit the game
- Glitching - exploiting in-game code. An example might be using a hole in the map to intentionally leave the map boundary
- Griefing - deliberately preventing someone else from playing the game as intended, for example, deliberate friendly fire
- Offensive behaviour
- Improperly obtained DLC
- Decompiling or reverse-engineering game data
- You can possibly get banned in Warzone for using VPN.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why someone might receive a permanent ban. And it’s highly unlikely that these are things most people could claim to have done by accident.
Of course, if you can prove someone has hacked your account, then it’s a different matter. But otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ve done something naughty. And if that’s the case, your appeal is unlikely to be successful.