Activision could close Call of Duty: Black Ops servers on PSN due to security breaches

Publisher Activision may consider shutting down Call of Duty: Black Ops servers on the PlayStation Network due to the rampant hacking and cheating that has made online multiplayer a miserable experience for many PS3 owners.

Complaints about losing saved ranks, unlocks and statistics are common, in addition to reports of cheaters abusing the PlayStation Network. Black Ops player Jason Koblovsky recently took it upon himself to chronicle his experiences with the shooter’s multiplayer on his blog.

Koblosky then went on to post a response he received from Dov Carson, Senior Tester/Senior Support Representative for Activision. In his response, Carson makes mention of an extreme solution to the problems players are experiencing with Black Ops’ online multiplayer, saying that “The publishers have the right to shut down the servers for their game at any time as well, which based on the number of reported posts from users may be a viable solution over the free PSN.”


Carson suggests exchanging a sealed copy of the game to swap to another platform or exchanging the title for another Activision title as options. In a previous response to player complaints, he also suggested to sticking to groups with friends to avoid having your multiplayer experience ruined by hackers.

Carson also reminds us that the “online experience may change at any time.” He certainly has a point there. But if the state of Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PS3 is as bad as people are saying, we don’t know if it’s necessarily a fair point.

Tell us what your experience has been so far with Call of Duty: Black Ops. Have you lost your stats and ranks? Is it really that bad?

Jan 19, 2011

[Source: Game Politics]

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  • lilrob2000 - April 6, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    i dont get what is all the fuss about modding/glitching. Treyarch said that there wouldnt be non of this and look there is a lot. So i dont think they should be banning anybody. It just a game for entertainment and treyarch takes it seriously and compares modding to killing someone and real life. Treyarch also said that we agreed to a rule when i didnt see any terms to accept when i loaded the game. WE CANT ACCEPT A RULE THATS ON THERE WEBSITE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SIGNING/ACCEPTING ANYTHING :P
  • dbarnes1967 - September 27, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    It's a-holes like you that ruin the game and people that shell out 65 dollars to play a game for fun not get slaughtered by skilless hack gimps, it's a shooter if I die I die thats the game I have no problem with that! it's when you hack whor&s use infinite health infinite ammo infinite uav and all the other hacks out there i dont have an hour to list! you should take a real 50 cal put it in your mouth and pull the trigger!!!!!!! see a-hole problem solved!!!!!!!!!!
  • JackG - April 2, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    If the servers for black ops were closed forever it wouldn't hurt my feelings any. I'm tired of being ripped off by all the cheaters on the game. and no I'm not just saying that cuz I get whipped all the time. I'm actually pretty good. I average 5 to 6 kill streaks on my good days. I bought the game a few weeks after it came out and got the map packs and I never play it because the gameplay is horrible. I would laugh my ass off if it got shut down. fuck black ops anyway. the game sucks.
  • BAbaracus1983 - January 26, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    As problematic as the rootkey hack is for the PS3 and the future PSN multiplayer experience, the negative feedback regarding the COD-Blops PS3 Multiplayer began within in a matter of days after the game was released. They seem to be better suited at making up excuses than designing a working anti-cheat system for ps3 multiplayer.
  • dbarnes1967 - September 27, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Yeah you can thank the boarder hoppers for that they were out 1 hr before the game was released, I say 20 500 megaton nukes pointed at mexico should fix that let me push the button, lets see them cross the boarder then glowing like a glow stick LOL
  • NogginPuncher - January 20, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    It's the same story with MW2 on PS3 (My little brother has a PS3) This is why I pay for Xbox Live, at any rate.
  • dbarnes1967 - September 27, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    Don't you mean Xbunk jive I have them all except wii I use my xbunk for a coaster lol
  • Manguy17 - January 20, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Got this on 360 never seen any hacks myself, as for the ps3, i can see why the ps3 version might be worse, seeing as activision seem to favour microsoft, or at least with the COD games, but it really shouldnt be so bad for this to happen.
  • beezn - January 20, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    sweet, I hate multiplayer outside of Halo, if they made the single player only version cheaper I could finally pick it up.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 20, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    After all the money activision has made off this game you'd think they'd spend some of it to improve the online experience instead of just threatening to do whats cheapest for them
  • Jedipimp0712 - January 20, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    i wonder if this is the start of the 360 monopolizing the gamining industry.
  • BadLadJon - January 20, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    havent had have any problems on PS3... even if they did close the servers i'll just play MW2 until the shadow of the collosus HD remake is out or play GT5 lol
  • TheCloakandDagger - January 20, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    That would be great if the parties on PSN didn't fall apart the moment you get into a match.
  • dbarnes1967 - September 27, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    Thank the hacks and their lag switches where is the insta bann on all the hacks no second chances you hacked you got caught just a ha ha go fork yourself from psn LOL ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!
  • v8ninety - January 20, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    Feeling that Activision love people
  • pr0tostar - January 20, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    I understand that the hacking is bad on PSN, but if Activision does this, that old petition to refund the ps3 ver is gonna come back hotter than ever. To deny those paid just as much as pc/360 users (not sure on the wii ver price but I know even people play it online on THAT) the core experience of the game is just wrong. I know this won't get alot of sympathy from the vg community as a whole, since this game is more popular on other systems, but I still hope it leaves Acti with significant consequences for their choices.
  • IndestructibleJediSquirrel - January 20, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Funking hackers. I'm so sick of those douche bags.
  • dbarnes1967 - September 27, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    Hear hear I'll second that a bunch of retards that ruin the game I'll never buy another cod! screw them if they can keep them out then I'm out activision works for us the consumer if we don't buy their product they loose money lol serves them right for allowing it to happen just a bunch of money grubbing forkheads anyway!!!!!
  • KaiokenKid - January 20, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    Again, it was already confirmed by Dan Amrich that that quote was taken out of context.
  • ChiefLethal - January 20, 2011 6:12 a.m.

    Also, i like how this tech- reps cites that “online experience may change at any time.” Isn't this something the ESRB puts on mulitplayer games because they can't account for the behavior of others? If anything, his excuse is un-fuc**ng-tolerable. You bought the copy under the impression that it would be a functional piece of software.

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