In last week’s Apex Legends developer blog, Project Lead Drew McCoy said that the Respawn Entertainment team has been hard at work trying to eradicate cheaters from the game and promised players that they’d have a more detailed update soon. That update comes today in the form of a new dev blog in which McCoy lays out exactly what the team has been doing to combat cheating and highlights the results.
McCoy writes, “While we’ve already rolled out several updates (and will continually doing so for the foreseeable future), others will take time to fully implement,” and while he obviously can’t share too much, so as not to tip off the cheaters, he does say that the team is “attacking this from every angle: from improvements in detecting cheaters, to bolstering resources and tools, to improving processes and other sneaky things to combat sellers and cheaters.”
Although there’s still plenty more to be done, the efforts so far have gotten some solid results. Obviously, the newly implemented in-game reporting tool has made the devs’ jobs a lot easier by giving players a direct channel to report suspicious behavior, and as of right now, around 770,000 cheaters have been banned, with over 4,000 cheat-seller accounts banned in the past 20 days alone. On top of that, the devs have blocked the creation of over 300,000 accounts, and they report that the total number of matches “impacted by cheaters or spammers has been reduced by over half in the last month.” The battle against cheaters in any online game is pretty much never-ending, but it looks like Respawn is doing plenty to throw a wrench in these miscreants’ schemes.