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Modern Warfare 2 Will Need Connected Phone Numbers Despite Overwatch 2 Issues

Abhimannu Das
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Prepaid and VoIP numbers will not be allowed if you want to play Modern Warfare 2.
Players have criticized the game for barring prepaid phone numbers from the requirement.
Modern Warfare 2 launches on 28th October but players can start connecting their phone numbers right away.

Activision has confirmed once again that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will require players to have a phone number connected to their Battle.net accounts if they want to play the game. Prepaid phone numbers will not be eligible in some regions and Voice over IP (VoIP) numbers will not work either. This comes as a surprise to many as Overwatch 2, which is also published by Activision Blizzard, came under fire for adding SMS Protect.

Why Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 needs players to have their phone numbers linked

One of the biggest problems in Call of Duty was “reverse boosting” as noted by fans on social media platforms. Players would intentionally throw games to get into easier lobbies and this led to a frustrating experience due to the disruptive behavior by some players.

Cheating was also a problem especially in Call of Duty: Warzone and we are set to receive Warzone 2.0 as part of Modern Warfare 2. SMS Protect can potentially alleviate the cheating problems in Call of Duty and it might ultimately be a good thing.

However, the problem that arises when asking players to connect their phone number is that prepaid numbers are not allowed. This alienates a part of the playerbase and the Call of Duty community is not happy about it. The community would be less upset if prepaid numbers could be included as part of the process.

Overwatch 2 implemented a similar requirement and was immediately questioned by fans for adding such a requirement. SMS Protect is still required for Overwatch 2, but Activision Blizzard had to remove the requirement for older Overwatch players who have been playing for more than a year.

Messaging apps like iMessage (iOS) or WhatsApp (iOS, Android) are not supported as part of the new requirements. Phone notifications cannot be used with Voice over IP (VoIP), and VoIP numbers that are transferred to a local provider are not eligible for the service. Mobile phones with prepaid plans may not work with the phone notification service and it looks like Activision Blizzard is not willing to go back on its stance.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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