Modern Warfare 2 console gamers are not required to provide their telephone number.
Two was finally released last week. It’s safe to say that fans are enjoying it. Although the servers were overwhelmed upon launch, I doubt anyone expected the queues to play would be so long. As it turned out, D.Va was an excellent way for players to keep their hands busy while they waited. ‘Nerf this’ indeed.
Server problems aside, there were complaints over players having to add their phone numbers at launch. This presumably prevented people from making multiple accounts and potentially avoiding bans.
The policy was quickly updated to allow players with a connected Battle.net account, including all those who have played since 9 June 2021, no longer need to add another number.
This raised questions about whether the exact requirement would apply to Call of Duty Modern Warfare II. However, at least for console users, Activision has confirmed this will not be the case.
According to PSU, a blog posting on the Call of Duty website confirmed that players will require a text-enabled phone number to play. However, anyone who has a verified Warzone account will not need to do anything to play MWII and Warzone 2.0. This policy is the same one that was introduced in 2020 to Warzone. MWII Steam players will need to add their number to their Steam account to be able to play.
“SMS verification is critical to our anti-cheat enforcement efforts, tackling illicit account creation at its source,” the post reads. “This helps our security team to maintain account and game security in order to provide a safe, fair, and fun gaming experience for all our players.”
There was no mention at all of the console players having to add their numbers, so unless there’s been an error or miscommunication, it seems that only PC players will be affected by this. It was added that phone numbers are used purely for security purposes and won’t be used for marketing.