As with any super popular game, Apex Legends has gained the attention of cheaters and hackers. At 50 million players and growing there’s a lot of marks for trolls to enjoy upsetting. How do they upset other players? By giving themselves the ability to lock on and kill them without even aiming. (aim bottling) Sounds fair huh?
Respawn has noticed and took action earlier this week.
“As of today we’ve banned over 355K players on PC through Easy-Anti-Cheat. The service works but the fight against cheaters is an ongoing war that we’ll need to continue to adapt to and be very vigilant about fighting. We take cheating very seriously and care deeply about the health of Apex Legends for all players.”
While that’s well and good, there’s a problem that Apex won’t be able to slip too easily: It’s software engine. Apex runs on the Source Engine, a very old and well known development environment. Public familiarity with Source has also led to many leaks for upcoming game features by the process of sorting though the source code for new entries.
Due to the number of complaints coming from the Chinese region, some players are clamoring to lock China off on it’s own for matchmaking but simple VPN tricks would let them right back in.
In fact, there’s actually Chinese hackers who are actively fighting the problem hackers with their own programs that identify, de-power and report those who are breaking the code.
What Respawn plans to do long term is unknown at this point but there’s little doubt that preventing these hackers is their number one priority right now.