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They say cheaters never prosper (except when they worm themselves into the Whitest of Houses), and cheaters are certainly in for a bad time if they give Apex Legends new Ranked mode a shot. Respawn has developed a system which throws cheaters and spammers through matchmaking, pitching gaming’s worst denizens against one another in a hellish battle of ‘my wall hack’s better than your aimbot’.
It’s all part of a major overhaul in Respawn’s battle against cheaters in Apex Legends. As with any free-to-play title they face an uphill battle. There’s no monetary cost to players being banned when they can just make an account for free, so there are effectively no repercussions outside of lost cosmetics. Sadly for the cheaters, it doesn’t make their micro-epeens any bigger though.
Respawn’s approach to Apex Legends is a mixture of pre-emptive strikes, more efficient detection, and making the lives of cheaters as difficult as possible.
Machine learning is used to help analyse player behaviour in order to detect and auto-ban cheaters. Some countries are now also deemed riskier than others, so 2-factor authentication (2FA) is required on high-risk accounts. 2FA requires a unique phone number which also helps to prevent spam accounts in these territories. On that subject, respawn is improving its detection of spam accounts in Apex and will attempt to ban these accounts before they can actually be used to play the game.
Should cheaters and spammers still manage to worm their way into a game of Apex Legends though, and matchmaking will automatically place all these saddos into a game together. It sounds like the deathmatch from hell. You have to wonder, however, if Respawn’s system knows they’re cheaters and spammers, why aren’t they just banned? It’s definitely a great way to completely waste their time, I’ll give them that, and it’s also a handy way to keep cheaters engaged with Apex Legends while segregating from the crowd playing fair. Surely Respawn would be better off not actually telling anyone this was happening though, sending into a cheating hellscape where they can finally be on a level playing field.
“As we’ve said before, the war against cheaters will be ongoing and remains a high priority for us,” wrote Respawn in a community post. “There will always be work to do, improvements to make, and new things to adapt to. 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.”
Have you been encountering many cheaters during your time with Apex Legends? Have you ever given them a go yourself? Let us know what you think of Respawn’s shenanigans below!