Respawn Entertainment Cranks Up Efforts Against Cheaters in ‘Apex Legends’
In a recent check-in with the official subreddit, Respawn Entertainment revealed that they’ve banned over 355,000 players on PC so far through their Easy-Anti-Cheat system.
While the system clearly does its job, Respawn says that the battle against cheaters is one for which they’ll need to “continue to adapt to and be very vigilant about fighting.”
Any who hope to cull the dishonest inclinations of cheaters will certainly have their work cut out for them, however, as a survey from cybersecurity services firm, Irdeto, revealed that “A total of 37% of gamers confessed to cheating (3% ‘always’, 9% ‘often’, 13% ‘sometimes’, and 12% ‘rarely’).” It’s probably a safe bet that the actual number of cheaters is higher, but some of those surveyed simply preferred not to admit to it.
A combined total of 77% of players surveyed also said they were either “very likely” or “fairly likely” to stop playing a multiplayer game if they felt other players were cheating in it.
HOW ARE PEOPLE STREAMING CHEATS IN SCRIMS LMAO? pic.twitter.com/85HHNsGcNq
— Rogue (@Liquid_Rogue) February 26, 2019
Respawn is undoubtedly aware of these sorts of studies and how important a fair playing field is for any title that hopes to be seriously considered a competitive game. Out of necessity for their war efforts, they are keeping the details of their new strategies to combat cheaters secret, but they did offer a few pieces of information. They mentioned reaching out to experts, both within and outside of EA, scaling up their anti-cheat team to give it more resources, and adding a report feature on PC that goes directly to Easy-Anti Cheat.
The addition of the report feature is very likely to cause as much harm as help, however, as anyone who’s played any kind of competitive multiplayer game knows—players with bad attitudes always abuse report systems.
Whether the other innovations against cheating will show any measurable success remains to be seen. Clearly traditional methods have failed to fully address this widespread problem, as each advancement against cheating is eventually overcome by those who simply can’t handle being outplayed. Maybe Apex Legends will give rise to a new system that tips the scales against the favor of sore losers. Here’s hoping.