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Published on March 17th, 2014 | by dee


Call of Duty Ghosts Bans Players Who Weren’t Hacking or Cheating

The past couple of days, Infinity Ward and Activision have been shutting down a large number of hackers and abusers in Call of Duty Ghosts buy banning them permanently.

The majority of the bans were targeted at PlayStation 3 and PS4 players who were presented with the following error message upon launching the game:

This profile [xxxxxxx] has been permanently banned from playing Call of Duty: Ghosts online due to a violation of the posted Security & Enforcement Policy. For more information, visit

One of the biggest problems with this wave of bans from IW and Activision is that innocent players are getting banned due to a possible faulty anti-cheat system. One of the comments from the community forums read:

I was playing COD Ghosts with my son this morning and after a few round of domination I took a break and when I returned to play few more rounds with him my account was banned. He continued to play under his account until he wanted to take a break. He turned off our PS3. Just a little bit ago we went back on COD Ghosts and low and behold an error appeared on both our accounts, now stating our console is permanently banned.

So it’s apparent that not all of the bans from the last couple of days were legitimate and the possibility of getting the ban removed by an employee of Infinity Ward is slim-to-none.


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3 Responses to Call of Duty Ghosts Bans Players Who Weren’t Hacking or Cheating

  1. Dan says:

    Same thing has happened to me. Was banned on COD Ghosts for PC. I’ve never done anything remotely wrong while playing online. I’m not steam-banned, but rather, it seems like Infinity Ward’s auto-ban bot is flawed. The error I get is “Error: your account is banned and cannot play online”. In order to play the game I bought, I need to actually create another steam account.

    I’m waiting for an apology before I buy another game that Infinity Ward puts out (you’d think i’d blame Activision, but they aren’t even aware of the issue yet…their tier 1 tech support treats everyone like criminals, instead of accepting they have a problem)

  2. Francis Scott says:

    I had the same happen to me. I was playing gun game with one of my friends when suddenly the error message appeared that I was permanently banned for violation of some security reason. I have never cheated in any game that I have ever played. I don’t believe in it and I think that people that hack and cheat should be banned, but why are innocent people like myself being banned for no good reason. It appears that there is no appeals process and that the likelihood of my being able to play Ghosts again is slim to none. I cannot begin to express my rage that this has happened to me.

    • Francis Scott says:

      I forgot to mention that my friend and I were playing in a private match and have been playing private matches for many years in COD BO2, COD4, and so on. I was not in some online multiplayer lobby with hackers that got a blanket ban. So what gives?

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