Some Call of Duty fans are reporting full Activision account bans after returning to CoD before Modern Warfare 2 and its beta.
Since many Call of Duty games have online modes, logging into your account to find a ban is never fun. Usually, this means you broke a rule, but sometimes you may feel like you’ve done nothing wrong.
However, finding out why Activision has hit you with the ban hammer, as well as how to appeal it can seem difficult. Luckily, we have all of the information you’ll need right here!
If you’ve been banned, you’ll definitely want to get your account back before Warzone 2.0’s release date later this year.
Activision Bans Player Accounts for Toxicity on Call of Duty
Recently, Activision confirmed that they had banned over 500,000 players for being toxic in Call of Duty.
This announcement comes from a recent blog post on the Call of Duty site. Due to a recent change in their Code of Conduct, Activision is being more strict on toxicity in their games.
Not only have accounts been banned though, but many players have been forced to change their username due to Activision’s automatic filtering system.
Reasons Your Call of Duty Account Could Be Banned
- Repeated violations
- Using cheating or hacking tools
- Pirating Call of Duty games or Downloadable Content (DLC)
- Using unauthorized peripherals (modded controllers, IP flooders, etc.)
- Offensive and toxic behavior
- Reverse engineering game data
As you can see, there are a few reasons why Activision may ban your account. Some of these range from having fewer punishments like boosting, to permanent bans for using hacking tools.
If you think you’ve received a ban for no reason, or your suspension is too drastic for what you’ve done, you can attempt to appeal your ban. You’ll definitely want to appeal before Warzone 2.0’s release date.
How to Appeal a Call of Duty / Activision Account Ban
- Go to the Call of Duty “Appeal A Ban” Page
- Make sure to log in to the banned account, and that you aren’t using an account without suspension
- Click the continue button
- A pop-up will appear, saying you can only appeal if your account has had unauthorized usage on it.
- Click agree and continue on the pop-up
- You’ll see all of the Call of Duty games you are banned from, as well as a box to input your appeal
- Make sure your appeal has enough information and explanations to limit the back and forth between yourself and the support team.
Following your explanation, you’ll simply need to wait. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that Activision will unban you.
Do Call of Duty Accounts Ever Get Banned Mistakenly?
Since Call of Duty uses a lot of automated filtering features, Activision can ban innocent players by accident.
In cases like these, the only thing you can do is appeal. If you decided to tag Activision Support on Twitter for help, you’ll likely be notified by lots of Twitter users asking you to contact others for help getting your account back. These are scams, so avoid them.
Your account could also be hacked and the hacker will use your account to cheat in Call of Duty. This is why we strongly recommend using 2FA on your Call of Duty account.
Hopefully, if you do receive a ban by mistake, Activision will overturn the ban promptly.