I have zero problems with people cheating in games. If a game is too difficult, or you just want to breeze through it and the only person whose experience you’re ruining is your own, then go right ahead. There’s a special place in hell, however, for those who cheat in multiplayer games – ruining other people’s fun. And now, in Apex Legends at least, they’ll be consigned there.
Cheaters who use trainers and aimbots in Apex Legends will soon find themselves only able to play with other cheaters. In an update on Reddit, Apex Legends developer Respawn has said that there’s “ongoing work to adapt to new cheats” and hilariously that includes a matchmaking system “that matches detected cheaters and spammers together.”
Anybody who’s dealt with cheaters before though, knows that for most cheaters, it’s as easy as creating a new account before they’re back to ruining the fun. Respawns is trying to solve that by forcing some players in specific regions with “high-risk accounts” now having to use two-factor authentication to log in. Yes, that’s probably a swipe at Russian and Chinese cheaters. In addition to that, Respawn is working on “improving detection that identifies and bans new spam accounts before they are used.”
Interestingly, Respawn consider those who deliberately and purposefully team up with cheaters as cheaters themselves – so squadding up with cheaters so they can carry you through? Likely to see you face the same penalties.
“As we’ve said before, the war against cheaters will be ongoing and remains a high priority for us,” Respawn said in the post. “We’d like to thank the players that have been getting involved with helping us squash cheaters over the last week whether it be submitting reports or assisting with the vetting process for suspicious behavior.”
Since its release in February this year, Apex Legends has struggled with cheaters – but that’s par for the course with an online multiplayer game – especially one that’s free. To its credit, Respawn has come down hard on cheaters, having banned over three-quarter of a million accounts in the months since release.
Last Updated: July 16, 2019