Being very good at something can have its negatives, it appears, as top ranked Black Ops 2 player Retrominano has been forced to reset his rank back down to level 1 after repeated DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks prevented him from even getting online.
According to reports, Retrominano could only get online for ten minutes or so each day “because some guy in the US” was DDOSing him. Reddit comments suggested he’d reset his IP address a few times, but to no long-lasting avail.
And even when he could get online for a few minutes, he was apparently harassed by others. It appears that ultimately his rank wasn’t worth the abuse and effort, and a reset back to (essentially) zero was the only way he could move on. From what we can gather, the DDOS attempts appear to have stopped now.
Some may consider that this comes with the territory of being such a high profile gamer on one of the biggest games out there just now, but hopefully this is something the likes of Treyarch and Activision can help to combat going forward – being locked out of a game you’ve bought can’t be nice.