The struggle against cheating in Apex Legends has been going back and forth since the game’s release. In the recent state of the game update, Respawn reaffirmed that dealing with hackers is their primary concern. Today they put out some numbers to back up that statement.
The update comes from lead developer Drew McCoy. He explains that Respawn has joined forces with a number of outside specialists to combat cheating in Apex. That includes developers and security experts from EA Security and Fraud, Easy Anti-Cheat, DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games.
According to Respawn, the studio is countering hackers with a number of different measures. Those include better detection, improved tools and processes, and “other sneaky things to combat sellers and cheaters.”
McCoy states that the in-game reporting system has been very impactful in discovering new cheats, “including previously undetectable cheats that are now being found automatically.” That implies that player-submitted feedback is important to the effort’s success.
Some of the statistical highlights of the effort so far:
The post also reminds readers that Respawn is not making all of their anti-cheating efforts public. This is intentional, to prevent hackers from getting ahead of the studio in the information war. Still, McCoy also promised to follow up with another update on the matter next week.
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