Apex Legends crackdown continues: Respawn bans 770,000 cheaters

Respawn Entertainment has not relented on its crackdown against Apex Legends cheaters, with the developer revealing that 770,000 players on the game’s PC version have been banned.

In a developer update posted on the game’s official sub-Reddit, Respawn added that it has also blocked more than 300,000 account creations, and has banned more than 4,000 cheat seller accounts in just the past 20 days.

Respawn said that it is working closely with EA Security and Fraud, the Origin teams, and fellow developers from DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games for its anti-cheat measures. It is also maintaining the Easy-Anti-Cheat (EAC) system, which is automatically finding new cheats.

The developer said that it will not reveal what else it is working on in order to not alert cheat makers, but that it is attacking the issue “from every angle.”

“We take cheating in [Apex Legends] 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,” Respawn said in the Reddit post.

The developer’s efforts are apparently making a huge difference in the Apex Legends community, with the total number of PC matches affected by cheaters and spammers reduced by more than half over the past month.

Respawn has been on the hunt for cheaters ever since Apex Legends launched in February, with 16,000 cheaters already banned from the game after just two weeks since its release.

By March, the number of banned cheaters on the shooter’s PC version had increased to more than 355,000. In the post that revealed that figure, Respawn said that it would be rolling out an in-game report feature to Apex Legends on PC. That feature is now live and helping to sniff out new cheats, supporting the EAC system.

Apex Legends cheaters have started receiving permanent hardware bans, which prevents them from creating new accounts on PCs that have been used to cheat on the Battle Royale shooter. With this move, Respawn is raising the bar for other developers in the fight against cheating in online multiplayer games, which is one of the major factors that will ruin the experience for gamers and make them play something else.

On paper, there’s not much that distinguishes Apex Legends from the countless other battle royale’s clogging up the oversaturated market, our review noted of the game in March. It has its own spin on PUBG’s steadily constricting death ring, Overwatch’s roster of likable characters, and Titanfall 2’s parkour-inspired fluidity. It separates itself from the dozens of other genre clones through polish, passion, and heart.

And best of all, it’s free.


Flyers in Apex Legends may be hinting at something monstrous for Season 2

Flying beasts have appeared in Apex Legends' King's Canyon map. While the creatures are peaceful for now, they may be hinting that something more monstrous is coming to the team-based Battle Royale shooter once Season 2 launches on July 2.
Movies & TV

Prime-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite TV series currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

Hey! Listen! Here's the entire Legend of Zelda series ranked from best to worst

The Legend of Zelda series is one of the most iconic video game franchises of all time, featuring more than a handful of the very best games ever made. We ranked all of the games in the series timeline from best to worst.

PS5 rumored to be more powerful than Xbox’s Project Scarlett

A rumor claiming that the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful than Xbox's Project Scarlett surfaced before the official reveal at the Xbox E3 2019 briefing. Now that we have more information, let's compare the two systems.

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to the most powerful notebooks in the world.

HDR monitors are better and more affordable than ever. These are the best ones.

HDR monitors might come at a premium, but if you get the right one for the job it can make movies, games, and even your workday, that little bit prettier. These are our favorite HDR monitors, with something for everyone.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Illuminated keyboards and a retro gaming console

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Sony patent for PS5 could eliminate loading screens altogether

Game developers have found ways to mask loading screens, and a new Sony patent for the PS5 could take things another step. This patent shares a method that change how we experience the moment-to-moment traversal in video games.

Tips and tricks to mastering the hunt in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

If you're planning on playing the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta on PS4, check out our beginner's guide for a handful of tips and tricks covering mechanics both old and new. Hoarfrost Reach is dangerous, but you got this.

Our favorite gaming desktops make the latest consoles look pathetic

PC gaming doesn't always come cheap, but it doesn't have to be extortionate either. In this guide we've put together a list of the best gaming PCs you can buy, with everything from the big and flashy, to the super compact.
Virtual Reality

Getting into VR is spendy. Which headset is truly worth your hard-earned cash?

Virtual reality has finally gone mainstream, but how do you find the best VR headset for you? Check out a few of our favorites, whether you want the best of the best or a budget alternative for your mobile device.

Fortnite PC players may have to upgrade graphics cards once Season 10 kicks in

Epic Games said that Fortnite for PC will no longer support DirectX 10 starting in Season 10. Players will need to have DirectX 11-capable graphics cards to continue playing the Battle Royale shooter.

GuardianCon raises $3.7 million: Bungie breaks record, but Dr. Lupo does better

Destiny developer Bungie joined this year's GuardianCon Charity Marathon Stream, breaking the record by raising $400,000 in just four hours. The proceeds of the week-long event will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will come with features for faster progression

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will come with features that will enable faster progression. Players who do not want to go through the same grind as in their first playthrough will be able to activate battle enhancements, among others.