Season 5 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's popular battle royale game, Warzone, reintroduced a visual bug that had cropped up in previous seasons and has reportedly been a health risk for some players.
The bug is a texture glitch that appears and can take over an entire screen with polygon shapes. It was not mentioned as a problem in any of the recent patch notes. It' has sometimes been called the "Demon Glitch" when just involving a weapon texture only, but it can increase in size causing flashing lights and colors.
Popular streamers including Timothy "TimtheTatman" John Betar, Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore and Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff also addressed the bug in a few recent streams and the fact that Warzone's most recent patch notes did not include any mention of the bug.
Ashton Williams, the senior communications manager for game developer Infinity Ward, addressed the glitch on Twitter, saying that Infinity Ward is working on a fix but there was no timetable for its implementation.
The second one fixes the graphical corruption issue with weapons, the 'Play Again' option not working, and more. I don't have an ETA just yet, but we'll share more details when we're all set.— Ashton Williams (@ashtonisVULCAN) August 11, 2020
Streamer Tim "Darkness429" Havlock said he stopped streaming Warzone due to the bug because he doesn't want it to cause seizures for his viewers and spectators.
"I have been saying that I don't feel good streaming with this bug because it's such a rapid flash of lights that 'it could give someone a seizure' on top of many things like not being able to ADS (aim down sights) or even see players because they are a massive blob," the streamer wrote on his Facebook page.
He added that one of his viewers claimed that a friend had a small seizure while spectating Warzone.
Activision and Infinity Ward did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the bug.