A Call of Duty: Vanguard player accidentally revealed he was cheating while competing in an unofficial paid tournament this week. After raising some suspicions about the legitimacy of his move, CoD streamer Kenji apparently tried to prove he wasn’t cheating by pointing a webcam at his monitor and broadcasting during a 2v2 Search and Destroy match.
Kenji’s team won the 2v2 match, but their competitors ImSasukee and iLuhvly decided to dispute the results with tournament hosting service Checkmate Gaming. While reviewing Kenji’s flow, Checkmate noticed something odd. As shared in a clip on twitter, at one point Kenji’s monitor camera clearly shows that he is using wallhacks (a common trick that lets you see enemies through walls). You can tell by the floating rectangles that appear on the screen – these are boxes drawn around enemy players that Kenji can track across the map.
GG’s Kenji got 4K BOXES ON HIS CAM MONITOR! thanks to @iLuhvly the hacker detective and @CallenDisplay! #HACKERDOWN #4K pic.twitter.com/GSfef7SShHMarch 29, 2022
The stream the clip originates from has been deleted by Kenji (along with his entire channel), but you can watch your competitors discover your wallhacks in this file of your stream. After the investigation, Kenji was banned from Checkmate Gaming, where he has apparently earned nearly $4,000 since late 2020 playing CoD. If that wasn’t enough, the college league Kenji competed in, the College CoD League, issued a permanent ban on Kenji and disqualified his other four teammates representing Grand Canyon University in the league. The league announced its decision this morning on its official Discord server.
“Kenji is permanently banned from the CCL,” the statement reads. “Grand Canyon University is disqualified from the rest of the 2022 season and postseason. All GCU players listed below who competed alongside Kenji are banned until the start of the 2023 season and may return to competition in the 2023 season .”
While this particular cheating story has a funny ending, it doesn’t quite reflect Call of Duty’s competitive integrity. Despite the best efforts of Activision’s dedicated Ricochet Anti-Cheat software, it is still possible for players to inject cheats into their games and even use them to earn thousands of dollars. And as long as you don’t record yourself using the cheats and put it on the internet, apparently it’s not that hard to get away with it.