Respawn Entertainment has updated the community regarding cheaters and it’s great news.
The game has been plagued by cheaters since it released thanks to its free-to-play model. While plenty of players have been getting banned, it seems that it wasn’t quite enough for awhile.
Three months in and 770,000 players have been banned with 300,000 blocked account creations. With these numbers in mind, the total number of matches (PC) that have been impacted by a cheater have been cut in half over the last month according to the post.
Respawn explains that they’ve been hard at work alongside “EA Security and Fraud, the Origin teams, our fellow developers at DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games, in addition to Easy-Anti-Cheat” to attack cheating and exploitation in the game.
Cheating has been one of the main complaints of players over the last several months and is up there with content in terms of cries from the fans. A direct attack that is resulting in a drastic decrease in the number of cheaters is fantastic news and should be plenty to help players have a more enjoyable experience.
You can read the full update from the Apex Legends developers here or below:
Hey all, in the blog post last week, I mentioned we’d have an update on anti-cheat for Apex on PC. We’ve got some updated stats and some interesting tidbits on things we’re doing.
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. We can share some high level stats of progress that’s been made:
- 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
- Total bans are now at 770K players
- We have blocked over 300K account creations
- We have banned over 4,000 cheat seller accounts (spammers) in the last 20 days
- Total affected matches on PC impacted by cheaters or spammers has been reduced by over half in the last month due to recent efforts
We take cheating in Apex incredibly serious and have a large amount of resources tackling it from a variety of angles. It is a constant war with the cheat makers that we will continue to fight.
We’ll be back next week with an update on another one of the issues called out in last week’s post. In the meantime, there have been a number of reports of the missing close footsteps audio on Reddit. We have only seen a few videos of those situations, so if you could please include video with your post illustrating the issue that will be a big help for us in ensuring we can fix the problem.