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

Rampant cheating in CoD Black Ops has publisher considering drastic solutions

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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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