Black Ops 2 PC Matchmaking, Dedicated Servers and Anti-Cheat Questions Answered

Will you be picking up Black Ops 2 for the PC and want to know about the matchmaking, dedicated servers and the anti-cheat system? No doubt you’re not alone. Well, below you will find a number of the most asked PC-related Black Ops 2 questions and answers from Treyarch.

What anti-cheat will be used?

Anti-cheat is a top priority for Black Ops 2. We have developed our own proprietary server-side anti-cheat technology which will work alongside VAC to deliver the most advanced detection and banning capabilities of any Call of Duty game to date. We have also improved our player reporting system to make it the most effective way that you can help us catch cheaters. And starting on launch day we will have a full-time dedicated pc anti-cheat team focused solely on detecting and banning cheaters. We have a zero tolerance policy on cheating. Cheaters bans are permanent.

Will Black Ops have Matchmaking or Dedicated Servers?

Both! Black Ops 2 PC combines matchmaking with secure ranked dedicated servers. This means that you get into Public Matches or League Play via matchmaking lobbies. It is easy to party up and play with your friends. You can adjust your classes or scorestreaks between matches. It also means that every Public or League match is hosted on a dedicated server running in one of our high bandwidth datacenters around the globe.

Will you release the server files?

No. We are keeping the server files secure to protect the game from hacking and cheating and ensure the ranking and progression system integrity.

Can I rent a server?

No. We are providing a huge number of servers around the world at no extra charge – plenty for everyone to enjoy. And we will administer the servers.

Will there be mod tools?

No.  As we continually improve and advance our in-house tools for our own content teams we are unable to provide consumer tools due to increased technical requirements, licensing restrictions, and technology dependencies.

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  1. Auptyk says:

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  2. UNBREAKABLE666 says:

    I wish this anti cheating stuff was for Xbox360! Also i wish we had dedicated servers, most of the time the person with the most kills/points is the person with the best connection, or when the host is losing they back out and it ends the game.

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    • Stevo says:

      Better the best connection has the advantage than the lowest one, like in Modern Warfare 3.

      But I agree than they should bring dedicated servers to consoles. I do realize, however, that it costs money to host them; so I think they should have a system similar to Gears of War where people who buy the dlc get to play on dedicated servers and those who don’t play on standard, player-hosted matches.

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    • Shaun McIntosh says:

      I am ready to sell my copy of Black Ops 2 ! treyarch does nothing to stop cheaters , hackers , racist , Modded controller using punks , People using their gamer tags to display the male Penis Ejaculating ? Clans of egotistical gaming bullys who camp on everycorner , with LMG so no on can run and Gun , I don’t remember it being this bad ever and Black Ops 2 takes the cake ? how many dammend times do you have to shoot an enemy player to them , so the can just dance away and come back and shoot you one time with a pistol ? I have had fullock on head shots , they don’t die ? sticky grenades right on them they don’t die ,This i the most ridiculas game ever !

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  3. dardar says:

    That’s it treyarch, that’s the final push, CoD competitively on PC is dead

    thanks a lot.

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    • DToX says:

      So disgusted, pre-order canceled. Thought it was just IW killing the PC…add 3Arch to the list.

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      • kamino says:

        Consoles is where the money is made at on these COD titles. This brand is better on console anyways

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      • You are stupid says:

        You sound really ignorant. PC will outsell consoles any day of the week. And in case you forgot COD started on PC, companies just took a butcher knife to it.

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    • AbstactKiller says:

      Agree 100%. Pre-order cancelled and the rest of our gaming community are doing the same. Time we all voted with our feet – not making the MW3 mistake again!!

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    • Abs says:

      Pre-order also cancelled. No community servers = dead game.

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  4. Atmosphere says:

    Are you r****ded D: Why would you remove all of the good things pc has to brag about…

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  5. Steven says:

    dogs, dogs, dogs. Zero logic.

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  6. snipples says:

    well, treyarch are going to have fun when 99% of people cancel their pre-orders now, never purchase BO2 and nobody ever buys a pc game from then again.

    GG f**kwits.

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  7. Ak1r0 says:

    no more server renting, no more getting kicked “because you used a weapon” thanks 3arc!!!

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  8. buzzys5010 says:

    Ummm how is this a bad thing? I dont understand. I see league play available to start asap. Dedicated servers…. If its promod option im sure that it will be addressed. Please explain how everyone will cancel their s**t because of this great news?

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  9. buzzys5010 says:

    i wish we could buy servers, that’d make it more sponsorable… but i really dont see how this is bad news

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  10. AbstactKiller says:

    Bye bye Treyarch. Our whole COD community has pre-orders – which will now be cancelled.

    Way to leave your customers behind.

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  11. ali says:

    By removing independently moderated dedicated servers you have just isolated yourselves from the PC community. We gave MW3 a try and anyone with half-a-braincell won’t make that mistake again.

    Bye bye and thanks for caring about your customers.

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  12. Spirit says:

    Pre order Canceled

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  13. Cod for xbox says:

    Call of duty for PC had it chance, now I will buy it for Xbox to get rid of all the hackers.

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  14. wow improvements from COD – Other titles had a anti-cheat team that was there 24/7 with a zero tolerance policy too, would of been nice if it lasted more that 1 day. Who long do you plan to keep it running for?

    Another s**tty decision on dedicated servers, cannot rent dedicated servers or host them – that generally means a wall hacker can run riot and chase away the full amount of players from a server then maybe be kicked or banned, but its OK as there will be lots of super fast servers worldwide to play on – is that code for bundled together on various data centers that will be buggy and laggy as hell for the first 6 month until the servers have been properly tested with real people gaming on them instead of yup this server can run thousands on unpopulated servers on it.

    Sorry guys i fail to believe that your admin team can control all servers at all times, its not possible.
    All that means is there will be no control over servers and it’ll be a console P2P Matchmaking Nightmare on a dedicated server, no set weapons, no tactical crouch, no knife only, no grenade launcher etc etc etc how can you use that for league play?

    Yeah console players have no clue about any of this due to them having no choices like this or to be able to join a certain server that only plays 1 game mode with limited guns, custom rules, regular players etc. Instead of putting up with the idiots that have no skill an TK, Tube and generally annoy players.

    Our clan had a lot of respect for black ops esp when it was the best game to support PC since cod4, even more so when we bought mw3 and binned it weeks later,, where did we go, back to blops and enjoyed it. back to our dedicated server from game-servers, since black ops was released we had over 23,000 players in it.

    But all Pre-Orders for blops 2 are cancelled and we as a clan are moving onto MOH as are most of the clans we play league matches with, why should we play the games the way we are told to, whats the point in that, the whole point of PC game play is the better more textured gfx and game play that console players will never see

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  15. 100 people canceling there preorder says:

    well our clan has all canceled there pre orders for pc i personally wont be buying this game or any other from screw over pc gamers arch anymore….way to loose 100+ pre orders from one clan……

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  16. XenomE says:

    *clap clap clap* well done 3arch you’ve successfully ruined pc competitive gaming. I mean seriously come on how do we as pc gamers have a chance to do a clan vs clan if we can’t set rules lock people out or kick or ban the hackers that your company does so well to keep out -.- well my pre order from my clan and my brothers clan is gone… 100+ pre orders canceled. Cheers!

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  17. b!tches!!! says:

    “Will Black Ops have Matchmaking or Dedicated Servers? – Both!”

    are u kidding me???
    there are NO dedicated servers!

    there is only this “crapmaking” system again that connects me with players i dont want to play with, on maps i dont want to play!

    so u give cheaters a chance again and no chance to the clans.
    u dont need to spend money for a super duper special anti cheat crew (that’s as helpful as a second anus) if u just make dedicated servers! cause then we can get rid of hackers by ourself with kick/ban!!


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