Olivia R. March 16, 2019
Apex Legends has a hacking problem.
The popular battle royale is facing what most free-to-play titles go through: An influx of hackers and cheaters. Not long after the anti-smoke hack was exposed by players in the competitive scene, streamers have now come across aim hacks, wall hacks, and speed hacks. Check out this encounter:
Many other streamers have caught people using speed hacks and aim hacks as well. So many players have been affected by cheaters that a group of Chinese players created an Apex Legends hack that disrupts auto aim and brings speed hackers back to normal speeds.
But the Apex Legends community is still waiting on Respawn Entertainment for a long-term solution.
“I really want to see Apex get this right,” Tyler “Ninja” Blevins said.
Ninja noted that it took Fortnite a few months to finally release its “god tier” anti-cheat update. After the update, Ninja claimed he never really saw hackers again. Players are hoping for a similar response from Respawn.
On March 8, the game developer announced on Reddit that they had already banned over 355,000 hackers. This was done through Easy-Anti-Cheat, a service that only targets hackers on the PC version of the game.
“The fight against cheaters is an ongoing war that we’ll need to continue to adapt to and be very vigilant about fighting,” Respawn said.
While Respawn Entertainment has admitted that they’re “pretty secretive” about their anti-cheat plans in hopes of not being outmaneuvered by cheaters, they did share some other major updates. On top of increasing the size of its anti-cheat team, the developer added a new reporting feature to the game's PC version. This update allows players to send messages directly to the Easy-Anti-Cheat program.