If you’ve been banned from MW3 multiplayer and Warzone and you believe you haven’t broken any rules, you can submit an appeal.
As the fight against Call of Duty hackers continues, players that aren’t cheating sometimes get caught in the crossfire. If you get spam reported, that can lead to your account getting hit with a shadowban, even if you aren’t cheating. As a result, you won’t be able to play the game (excluding private matches) until the ban is removed from your account.
How to appeal a ban in MW3 and Warzone
- Go to the official Activision ban appeal website.
- Log in to your Activision account.
- You will be shown the status of your ban and there may be an option to appeal an account penalty depending on your circumstance. Temporary bans and shadowbans can’t be appealed.
If you see a question mark symbol that states your account is “under review,” this usually means that you’ve been shadowbanned. The signs of a shadowban in-game are usually high queue times and a ping that continues to rise while you’re trying to search for a match.
A shadowban can last anywhere from 7 to 14 days. It all depends on how long it takes Activision to investigate the ban. The appeal process can make it quicker, but it isn’t guaranteed, so you may have to wait it out.
What is certain is that a shadowban will be revoked, that’s if you haven’t been cheating. If your account is confirmed to be permanently banned, it will not be overturned unless unauthorised activity is found on your Activision account.
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