Apex Legends is undoubtedly one of the hottest video games right now, especially after the free-to-play royal shooter hit 50 million players a month after it was released. Of course, as with something that has gained so much fame, it is not surprising that the game has also attracted cheater's attention, seeking to gain an unfair advantage over other players.
Last month, developer Respawn Entertainment took a strong stance to cheat, as the studio had banned at least 16,000 players caught in red-haired Apex Legends. Now, it seems that Respawn is taking more strenuous actions against cheaters, especially on the PC, by slowing down permanent bans, not only on offender accounts, but also on the gaming hardware used to play the game.
In a report published by Daily eSports, several cheat forums revealed that more people have already had both their accounts and PCs are forbidden to play ever Apex Legends again. To top it off, when Respawn registers another account associated with the same PC, the developer will mark the secondary account and get it banned within 30 minutes. It is reassuring to know that Respawn is proactive in the fight against cheaters in the game to maintain a fair and balanced gameplay for everyone. However, it seems that players are demanding more after Reddit has made rounds online several days ago, and ranked players to require Respawn to place a regional lock on China, which is supposedly where most cheaters are located.
Of course, cheating in video games is nothing new and has been a long-standing problem especially for developers of multiplayer online games such as. Apex Legends. While the permanent hardware ban can slow down the majority of these infamous players, it is not surprising if a few will find wise ways to bypass Respawn's actions. If the hardware ban turns out to be ineffective in the long run, it is not unlikely that Respawn would be forced to bring the case up to court, which is how Epic Games handles scammers in Fortnite.
Apex Legends is now available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source: Daily eSports