Almost half a million cheaters, hackers and otherwise dishonest competitors have been banned by Respawn Entertainment, community manager Jayfresh wrote on Reddit.
“As I’m finishing the notes this morning, 499,937 accounts and counting have been banned for cheating,” Jayfresh wrote.
Rampant cheating has been an ongoing problem for Apex Legends, because of course it would be. The game launched to a success few expected and in one month it hit 50 million players, smashing Fornite’s own growth record. Even though it’s slowed down recently, Apex also became a Twitch phenomenon, with popular streamers like Ninja and Shroud doing a lot to lift the game — for a paycheck from EA.
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With the game’s player base so high in the eight figures, a wide-spread cheating problem is not a surprise, and neither is the temp of its growth. Apex previously reported 355,000 banned accounts less than two weeks ago. Tens of thousands and more are being banned each week now.
The plague of cheaters isn’t unique to Apex Legends either. The “godfather” of the modern battle royale, PUBG, fought a similarly vicious war with dishonest players. Last year, anti-cheat system BattleEye reported more than 1M PUBG accounts banned in January 2018 alone. A lot of those came from China, where the police even had to intervene, arresting more than a hundred PUBG cheat makers.
But back to Apex Legends and the actions Respawn are planning to take. According to Jayfresh, “players can now report cheaters they encounter in-game and it’ll be sent directly to Easy Anti-Cheat”. With some luck and some more vigilant eyes, Respawn might just be able to at least restrain the number of hackers in the game, although the war is unlikely to ever truly end.