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Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, has announced that multiplayer Modern Warfare 2 games on the PC will now run through online matchmaking service IWNet.

MW2, the latest instalment in the Call of Duty videogame series, will hit UK consoles and PCs on 10 November.

Until now, multiplayer PC CoD games ran on dedicated servers hosted and managed by players. But Infinity Ward plans to replace these with IWNet in an attempt, it said, to make CoD multiplayer gaming more accessible to the PC community.

Infinity Ward will create private server support for gamers looking to create custom matches, but in all other cases IWNet will match players on gaming abilities.

Hardcore CoD gamers haven’t taken the news very positively and have already created a “Dedicated Servers for CoD:MW2” petition, that – as Register Hardware went to press - already had over 92,550 signatures.

Further information about the petition is available online.

In related news, MW2 has become the first of the franchise to receive an 18 certificate from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

All previous CoD versions received 15 certificates from the BBFC.

However, MW2 contains “strong bloody violence”, according to the BBFC’s consumer advice on the game.

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Pegi – a rival videogames classification system that may one-day take over from the BBFC – has given MW2 a 16+ certificate, as it did previous CoD releases. ®

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