Months after its launch, Apex Legends has now banned more than a quarter million cheaters. The recently released battle royale title from the Titanfall developers has been a hotspot for cheaters. Being a free-to-play title, the PC version of the game is plagued by hackers. However, developer Respawn has made its stance against cheaters very clear, and has now banned over 770K of them.
In a recent update post, a Respawn Community Manager explains that Easy-Anti-Cheat, the anti-cheat software used in Apex Legends, is working excellently.
“We’ve been working closely with key experts across EA including: EA Security and Fraud, the Origin teams, our fellow developers at DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games, in addition to Easy-Anti-Cheat. While we’ve already rolled out several updates (and will be continually doing so for the foreseeable future), others will take time to fully implement.”
“While we can’t share details on what we’re doing so as to not give a head’s up to the cheat makers, what we can say is that we’re attacking this from every angle, from improvements to detecting cheaters, bolstering resources and tools, to improving processes and other sneaky things to combat sellers and cheaters.”
Respawn noted in their last update blog that almost half a million cheaters had been banned. As a result of the newly introduced reporting tool, that number has flown to 770K. “The recently added in-game reporting tool has had a big impact on discovering new cheats, including previously undetectable cheats that are now being found automatically via EAC.”
In addition to the bans, EA has blocked over 300K account creations. Respawn recently started delivering hardware bans to Apex Legends cheaters, and evidently that was the right call. Furthermore, in the past 20 days, 4,000 cheat seller accounts have been banned. These spammer bots are prominent on Asian servers where they advertise cheats via the in-game voice chat.
Respawn claims that their recent efforts have cut down cheater presence on PC by 50%, which is an impressive feat.