If you’ve ever started a match of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to find your name contains UCD, you’re not alone. Modern Warfare UCD names are particularly confusing since most players expect to see themselves represented by their relative platform IDs. Why does Modern Warfare show a UCD name, and what can you do to fix it? Read on to find out.
How to fix a Modern Warfare UCD name
UCD names in Modern Warfare appear when players fail to set up a custom Activision ID. They’re effectively placeholders: Since no Activision ID has been set, the game provides a random username starting with UCD.
For what it’s worth, this is not any sort of glitch. UCD names are generated randomly whenever you create your Activision account. Fortunately, it’s very easy to fix a Modern Warfare UCD name by heading over to your Activision profile and setting up a username manually. If you want to learn how this process works, check out our guide on how to change your name in Modern Warfare.
Also, for anyone who may be wondering, this Activision ID system is also why your Modern Warfare name is different than your platform ID. Activision accounts allow players to set their own names, which can be virtually anything so long as it’s not vulgar or offensive. It’s how the system is meant to work: The game doesn’t display gamertags or PSN IDs, it only displays the name set up in an individual Activision account.
This is no bug: Modern Warfare UCD names appear only when you haven’t set up your own custom Activision ID. Fortunately, it’s an easy fix: Just head over to the Activision website, find your profile, and set a new username manually. After that, you’ll be represented in-game with your Activision ID.