game news Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: players “discriminated” as in Overwatch 2? Activision faces a new controversy!
“Hello Activision? It’s for a new controversy.” Just a few days after being the target of heavy criticism around Overwatch 2, it’s CoD MW2’s turn to suffer the wrath of gamers. In question ? Access to the game that requires a phone.
The beta phases of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have ended and the title is now heading to stores. Will be archived and available to buy from October 28 next, and so much to say is expected.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: not yet released, and a controversy that evokes Overwatch 2
After Call of Duty: Vanguard, which was very divided, and which also launched in a difficult period for the company, the license must move forward and hope to achieve this with this Modern Warfare 2 reviewed and corrected. The title is also part of a fairly deep renewal at the license levelentering a new “era”, with a unified engine, a new war zone experienceand titles that could receive content for a longer time.
A norm map pack would already be planned for 2024and the rumors, already denied, have raised the idea of a Call of Duty developed by trail. But before we talk about 2024, or even 2023, let’s talk about 2022, as the title is out in less than 3 weeks and is at the heart of a new controversy, which echoes another problem found a few days ago only. If you followed the release of Overwatch 2, you know that it was marred by difficulties related to the influx of players and DDoS attacks, but also by a controversy related to access to the game.
Double authentication via SMS: some players feel left out
In fact, Overwatch 2 required double authentication via SMS, a system that requires having a smartphone and which excludes prepaid devices. The matter was raised by Richard Meunster, a player who wrote to Kotaku saying that he felt “be punished for being poor”. The reactions were very numerous. pushing Blizzard to react and to smooth the procedure:
Any Overwatch player with a Battle.net account, which includes all players who have played since June 9, 2021, will not be required to provide a phone number to play. (…) Accounts that weren’t connected to Battle.net, as well as new accounts, will need to meet SMS Protect requirements, which helps ensure we protect our community from cheating. If a player is caught with disruptive behavior, his account may be banned, whether he has a new account or not. (…).
This quick reaction was well received by Richard Meunster and many other players, even if, in some cases, double SMS authentication is still required. In the case of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the situation could happen again ! In fact, on the Battlenet page dedicated to phone notifications, we learned that newly created Modern Warfare 2 accounts will require a valid phone number. Similar to Supervision 2.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, new Overwatch 2 accounts, and new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare accounts require a phone number. Battle.net phone notifications are designed to work with mobile phones that support receiving text messages. Messaging apps like iMessage (iOS) or WhatsApp (iOS, Android) are not supported. The service may not work with some mobile phones with prepaid plans. SMS alerts are not supported by Voice over IP (VoIP) software. Similarly, VoIP numbers forwarded to a local carrier are not eligible to receive SMS notifications. (Battle network support)
You must link a mobile phone number to your Steam account to play Modern Warfare II. (Vapor)
Therefore, the situation known in Overwatch 2 could be repeated with Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. There could be an impact on players in many countries, or the use of prepaid plans It is common. We are quite far from the recharge that we could buy at the tobacconist or in certain shops, the new prepaid packages works almost like subscriptions signed with the operators:
It seems very wrong to force video game players to sign a contract with a telecommunications company before they are allowed to play the game they have paid for. Especially when prepaid phone plans like mine are becoming more and more common. It’s no longer the gas station special of old, I have an iPhone and a phone plan that doesn’t really work any different than any other plan: talk, text, data, etc. unlimited. Still, because I’m making a monthly payment, I’m somehow ineligible to play future Activision titles, Cricket Wireless told PC Gamer.