It is questionable whether a streamer, who scored 61 kills in one match, is still honest.
This week, the legitimacy of a Call of Duty: Warzone streamer was questioned when Charlie “MuTeX”, a former Call of Duty pro player and holder of the most Warzone deaths in a single squads match, was charged with using third-party software and hardware that allows him cheat.
Saouma strongly denies this allegation. He streamed this morning with an absurd five-camera setup to show that there is no hacking or nefarious hardware at work. One camera was used to monitor his controller, one to view his monitors, one to see his whole desk and one for his computer.
“I would like to hear someone call me a cheater right now. He said this at the beginning of his July 9 stream. You’re delusional if you call me a cheater. It’s that simple.
Below, you can see Saouma’s unorthodox streaming setup.
YouTuber BadBoyBeaman created a video in which he accused Saouma of having Cronus Pro on his computer. CronusPro is the companion program for the CronusZen. It plugs into a computer and allows users to load mods and scripts for specific games. This can be used to, for example, reduce recoil in guns or better track targets on-screen. It is hardware-assisted cheating and it seems suspicious to a controller player such as Saouma.
Saouma replied to Beaman’s video by posting his video on Twitter. He explained that the Cronus Pro program running on his computer is a remnant from 2018, when he was using a Cronus device during professional Call of Duty: WW2 LAN events. Cronus devices are hardware that was officially approved to allow wired controller connections between consoles and prevent interference between controllers. Saouma claimed that the program was discovered on an “outdated” streaming PC he does not use for gaming. I promise you guys that I am not cheating. You will be able to see the difference if you tune in to my streams.
Yesterday, Beaman returned with a second video. He pointed out that Saouma’s computer lists the CronusPro program installation date as March 2021. This is months before his June world record. Saouma believes that the date could be explained by a variety of factors including automatic program updates or Windows updates. (Out of curiosity, my computer was checked and the program install dates didn’t seem to have changed by the two-years of Windows 10 updates. It is evident from watching Saouma play that he doesn’t use a traditional cheat such as a wallhack which allows him to see through walls. Although he’s obviously a skilled player, the severity of Warzone’s cheating vulnerabilities and the history with cheating streamers means that even a five-camera surveillance system cannot completely eliminate unfair play. Activision has not adequately countered cheating methods and cheating operations continue unabated, so paranoia over illegitimate gamers feels like another sign of a larger problem.