From the early days, Respawn Entertainment which is the company behind Apex Legends is trying harder to prevent usage of cheats than any other company out there in the battle royale genre. As a matter of fact, the company first announced they had banned over 350K cheaters, following 500K not long after, and now that number has reached to over 770K. Considering the huge growth of Apex Legends these kinds of numbers are expected. We know that Respawn is punishing cheaters with hardware ID bans which could damage their player count dramatically. However, there isn’t any information out by the company if these numbers are counted as accounts or individual players.
Respawn Entertainment shared this info with the community on Apex Legends subreddit. The subreddit has been their primary platform when it comes to catching up with the players and getting their feedback on the ongoing things regarding the game. Although cheaters haven’t been that big of a deal thanks to the efforts, things can get really frustrating for both the developers and the players.
Developers at Respawn clearly stated their intentions on cheaters by saying “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.”
It’s no wonder that Respawn is trying really hard to fix the issues where players could quit playing the game because of the frustration. Since Apex hit 50 million players worldwide, we’ve seen a huge decrease in the daily players. Not long ago, both DrDisrespect and Shroud have stopped streaming while playing Apex. These streamers are in the top 5 when it comes to battle royales and have a huge impact on the genre. Now with more and more battle royale titles coming up in the near future, Apex Legends may end up being a dusty old game if the developers don’t take the necessary measurements.