Some PC players will be affected by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s phone number requirement

Activision has made it clear that Overwatch 2’s controversial phone policy, which was also believed to be present in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, will only affect some PC players.

PC Gamer reported that an anti-cheat blog post on the Call of Duty website makes it clear that only PC players will need to register a phone number before playing Modern Warfare 2. Existing Call of Duty: Warzone players whose accounts are already confirmed, I will not have to give any more information.

“The SMS policy for Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0 on is the same as the requirement for Call of Duty: Warzone on PC, which was implemented in May 2020. Mobile phone number must be linked to your Steam account to play Modern Warfare II on this platform,” the post says.

The controversial feature in Overwatch 2 that required players to link their phone number to their account before they could play will also be added to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Phone Number Requirement
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Phone Number Requirement

PC Gamer said the requirement appears to apply to all Modern Warfare 2 players instead of just a small number of Overwatch players. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, newly created Overwatch 2 accounts, and newly created Call of Duty: Modern Warfare accounts require a phone number,” a Blizzard support page reads.

It’s unclear if Activision will remove the phone number requirement, as Blizzard did for Overwatch 2, which made it so that only new players had to add a number. However, the Modern Warfare 2 support page did not change the language like it did for Overwatch 2.

Blizzard needs a phone number to protect your account. Notifications will be sent to your phone when suspicious login attempts, password changes, and changes to security features occur. Players can also log into their accounts without a password and find lost account information.

Another issue with the service is that it doesn’t work with prepaid phone plans. Although its website says that “prepaid plans may not work”, this is not a feature that can be relied upon. Instead, it means that people who don’t have a current phone contract can’t play Overwatch 2 and possibly Modern Warfare 2.

This isn’t the only controversy surrounding Blizzard since the release of its hero-shooter sequel. The game was also affected by DDoS attacks which caused people who want to play to wait for a long time.

It’s unclear if Modern Warfare 2 has the same issues, but fans will find out when the game comes out on October 28.

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