I had this topic posted a while ago for MW3. All I got was crickets..
Like you, I play mostly FFA and I fall into the top 8K. I don't see a reason not to put out a dedicated team (or just an individual) to sort out the leaderboard for a competitive game like COD. I know them modders get their names eventually but a simple script would be enough to clear it out hourly or in some interval. You should check the leaderboards in PS3, the top guys been sitting on top for god knows when with 11 kills or something.
I more or less agree about this.Though i will confirm one thing.
IW does not care about the stats on the leaderboard.If they did care even a little bit the leaderboards would be clean.It doesn't take a whole lot of effort.They have direct access to the servers that the data is stored on.
So if they wanted to remove them from the leaderboards they would have.They are simply too bothered with making their next game to care.Even though it would only take a couple of staff members about a few hours to remove them all from the leaderboards.
Like you said that it literally is a braindead task figuring which is real and fake.It's just too freaking obvious.Like in extinction PoC.The top 1,503 players in escapes for PoC are hacked.They are blatantly obvious.One game in extinction i came across a couple of guys who made their gamertag say XBOX LIVE ADMIN in a rainbow color setting and then were changing it on demand (i simply laughed and left lol).That's how easy it is to hack the game.Quite pathetic.I have seen better anti-cheat measures in free to download and play games on PC.
The fact a multi-billion dollar developer company cannot manage to obtain or manage a better anti-cheat system than a freebee on PC is pitiful,lazy, and absurd.
The leaderboard hacks have been a problem for years through many versions of the COD/MW/BO titles. Activision doesn't seem to care. It would be very easy to write an algorithm to logic test the scores.
I can think of only 2 reasons why they don't:
They are cheap, and don't want to spend any money fixing problems.
There are problems with the accuracy of the leaderboard database to begin with and they are unable to "clean" it without harming legitimate players. (There scores are corrupt through no fault of their own.
On a related note:
I am showing as UNRANKED in many game modes I know for a fact I have played, especially during the recent Clan War. They also have removed the ability to filter the leaderboards by Hardcore on/off. I suspect the leaderboard database is corrupt or inaccurate.
I've never been much of a leader board follower, but it does seem kind of silly that players are blatantly hacking, yet their still able to play and haven't been banned. I did just take a look at the ffa leader board like you mentioned and it's full of them. Maybe if IW was more strict on the blatant players it was reduce it overall, but if you're getting away with it, it's going to continue.
I was playing FFA yesterday and I ran across a name I had seen on youtube in the past. I don't want to name names here as I'm not sure if its allowed even if its in praise.
So after the game I looked at their profile and sure enough it was the guy from youtube/twitch. Their profile was very interesting, they claimed to be ranked #4 in world on FFA on xbox 360 and they stated in their bio they had created their own leaderboard for FFA with the real ranks.. hacked stats excluded. He said to message him for your true rank. He also had created a clan for the top FFA players.
I thought this was a really great thing to see someone take the initiative they did. For those of us who enjoy this game and want to take it serious it was a welcome sight. I friend requested them and waiting to hear back...