You can get banned from Call of Duty for using Windows 11 and Overwolf together

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Activision is known for having zero tolerance for cheaters and all forms of hacking.
  • And even though innocent, some players got permanently banned from the servers.
  • This happened because of a conflict involving Overwolf and Windows 11 Insider builds.
  • Even though Activision acknowledged this is actually a mistake, the bans were not lifted.
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Let us be clear from the start and say that the combination of the two won’t fry your PC or anything like that. Now that we got that out of the way we still recommend you don’t pair the two in certain scenarios.

But before we continue, for those of you that don’t know, Overfwolf is a tech platform for in-game overlay apps, empowering independent creators to build the apps they want for the games they love.

Keep in mind that if you’re serious about gaming, certain servers will detect if you are pairing the software mentioned above and the result will not be to your liking at all.

Update

After publishing this article, Overwolf staff reached out to Windows Report with an important update.

In order to prevent such accidents from happening again in the future, the Overwolf team released an update to their games list to change the way the Overwolf overlay works and will no longer trigger a ban from Activision while using Windows 11.

Furthermore, in the 24 hours following this change, Overwolf reported that they haven’t had any new ban reports.

Dear Call of Duty players, we are aware of a number of users who have been banned after playing Cold War and Warzone on Windows 11 while using Overwolf.

While we are not responsible for the bans, Support Main is one of our core values and we immediately began to look into the issue to protect gameplay and our community. For background, Cold War has been supported on Overwolf for months without any bans or issues.

They are also working closely with top-level personnel at Activision and promised to do whatever we can to help those whose accounts have been banned.

Although Overwolf can’t make any promises, the fact that they are willing to get involved and try to get this whole situation sorted out is commendable.

Banned from COD for using Windows 11 and Overwolf

Remember when we said you should think twice about using these two together? We’re about to tell you why this isn’t in your best interest at all.

Recently, a very displeased Activision client posted disconcerting information about how the company treated him because of the conflict their platform had with the above-mentioned software.

After getting permanently banned a few weeks ago because of a well known and apparently rather common issue – that being that if you attempt to open Cold War while Overwolf is open and you’re running an Insider build of Windows 11 – I have finally received a response from Activision telling me that despite being innocent, they cannot unban my account. They have acknowledged the error in the ban, but are refusing to lift the ban as all bans are final.

Apparently, the anti-cheat security mechanisms that the Call of Duty servers have actually detected Overwolf as being an aimbot or wallhack.

This automatically led to a permanent ban, because creators don’t even want to hear about such conduct breaches.

And this is not the only case out there, as there are many other posts from people that are in the same situation because they simply upgraded to an Insider build of Windows 11.

They are all related to Call of Duty, so if you are heavily invested in these games, we strongly advise you to do a bit of research or simply avoid putting yourself in the same situation.

We weren’t able to find information about people that landed in similar scenarios while playing other games, but it’s better not to take any chances.

Overwolf creators says its not their software’s fault

In a post on their official support page, the people at Overwolf say that this is the first time they’ve ever heard of this and that their software has nothing to do with the bans.

So, most likely it’s the combination between a Windows 11 Insider build and Overwolf, although, at first sight there this doesn’t seem to be such a volatile mix.

However, as we said, if you are already a Windows Insider and are currently testing the new OS, while also using Overwolf, take care when accessing sites or platforms you don’t want to get banned from.

Know that there is also a way you can disable the Overwolf overlay for certain games, which can actually prove useful.

We will keep an open eye for any new information available on this story and we will keep you up to date as soon as we find something.

What’s your opinion on this while matter? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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