Hackers who disrupted Apex Legends to complain about Titanfall issues ‘achieved nothing of value’

    
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Over the Independence Day weekend, Apex Legends players were subjected to a very specific hacking attack headed by disgruntled players of Titanfall’s online modes, with playlist notifications modified to advertisements for a Save Titanfall website that claims Respawn Entertainment and EA are ignoring an ongoing hacking problem with Titanfall.

While this attempt at raising awareness through Respawn’s other online shooter might have been an otherwise sympathetic cause, the hack also prevented players of Apex from actually playing the game, which likely closed a lot of hearts and minds to the plight. Furthermore, director of communication for Respawn Entertainment Ryan Rigney has clapped back at the stunt, saying that the hacking did nothing more than force devs to work on a holiday to fix Apex.

“I was holding my newborn nephew when I found out about the Apex hack. Had to hand him back, go work, and miss out on a day with family.

“The team has never stopped working on DDoS solutions, and anti-cheat is just a never-ending war of whack-a-mole. On the DDoS front, we WILL solve this. When we do, I promise you it won’t be because hackers ‘made us aware’ by ruining a holiday. They achieved nothing of value.”

Rigney additionally called attention to previous acknowledgments of the problems plaguing Titanfall. “The problem’s not awareness. It’s that DDoSing in particular is just a hard problem to solve. Really hard,” he writes.

sources: Kotaku, Twitter via Gamasutra
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Jack Pipsam

Titanfall could have really done with some more love before it was dropped, playlists merged, matchmaking improved etc and in my attempts to play indeed sometimes servers just refuse to connect and there’s little way to help.

I fully understand the frustration, I don’t think this is a good way to go about it, but ironically if this does lead to Titanfall being fixed when trying the diplomatic approach failed beforehand then Respawn brought this upon themselves.

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Tenthyr Adi

Some of the comments in here are infantile.

I literally don’t care about the state of Titanfall here. Because creating more work for other human beings, actual living people, because you’re disgruntled with a good but old multiplayer shooters support– on the odd and pathetic assumption that the Devs “don’t know or care” as opposed to, gee, not talking 24/7 about server and network architecture or being constrained by corporate instructions.

They achieved causing harm to people, forcing them to do more work. Would you like it if a customer cane to your store and decided to raise awareness on the lack of dorito availability by smashing all the other chips open and pouring them on the floor? You now have to clean them up, and close the isle for other people. That’s literally the ewuivilent here. And people supporting it are being really, really pathetic.

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tim winter

What about the harm to people buying the game today, which is unplayable? That’s a material loss that respawn is causing to others and they are fraudulently claiming the problem is being addressed.

A better analogy would be if someone came to your store and bought expired milk, and then hung a sign that said you don’t keep your products fresh, see: the expired milk. Coming in on your day off to take down the sign is a problem you brought on yourself.

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Tenthyr Adi

You like– understand these aren’t equivilent things right? Apex was rendered unplayable. So you know, someone threw a hissy by breaking the toy of a vaster audience because the Devs weren’t being enthusiastic enough for their tastes fixing something with the resources on hand.

This is… Really presumptuous you know that right? That a game, a GAME, NOT working isn’t comparable to the consumption of someone else’s material time, right? Like this is an issue external to the dimension of corporate mismanagement. This is knowingly causing problems for the only people who can fix this issue. It’s not like they could NOT have gone into work to fix it. And there’s the security audits and god knows what other work that will go on from a breach so egregious. This isn’t justified or appropriate and literally never will be for a VIDEO GAME.

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Yangers

I’d say they achieved quite a bit – that these guys don’t give a shit about their customers.

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Danny Smith

So they really went full “my crying 8 year old” to punch themselves up while going “we ignored these games with dedicated fanbases that are unplayable for months but a few days of a popup in our zoomer milking memegame wallet farm? time to punt this baby and work on my retirement fund! thats called integrity!”.

Blech. Take that faux softboy shit and blow it out your ass. Just wear your big boy pants, admit you don’t have a reason to fix abandoned past games and let people move on.

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Greaterdivinity

that faux softboy shit

Seriously, do you always have to take the worst/edgyiest/shittiest position from the dankest corner of gaming? Why is it that some gamers are so deeply mistrustful, suspicious, and often times borderline hateful toward the folks that make games?

Like, y’all realize that making games pays shit compared to using that skillset in just about any other field. Y’all realize that they work brutal hours a lot of the time, often for months/years on end. Y’all realize that the vast majority of the people working on the games don’t have a ton of decision making power and are just doing their jobs. Y’all realize they’re fuckin human beings too. Y’all realize that they do this shit out of passion for games, as evidenced by taking lower paying/higher stress jobs making games, and that accusing them of “not caring” is pretty fuckin ludicrous?

Like, jesus fucking christ on a stick. If y’all hate and mistrust the people making games so much, get he fuck out and stop playing games. Read books. Watch TV. Collect sticks and arrange them to reproduce fine works of art. Take up cooking. Just take this backwards ass, empty-headed, nonsensical bile and get the fuck out.

If you think the people making games are just villains sitting at their desks, glasses mirrored and fingers steepled as they cackle over the cries of gamers, you need to get a fuckin grip on reality.

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Fruitsofthesun

Titanfall has been unplayable for MONTHS…

The dev complains that his bosses made him come to work to fix this one, but he has no issue with Titanfall being unplayable for such a long amount of time. Get outta here….

Employees blaming their customers for wanting a working product, and even saying they “achieved nothing” is ridiculous given the circumstance that the devs ignored all the issues with TF.

You can’t pull the “we’re humans too!” card when you make a “game as a service”, get people to buy into it, and then let it rot in the burning sun to a point that people have to take action to make you care.

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Marko Yamashita

Gotta love all the zero IQ comments here. DDoS attacks affect literally every live service out there. The only difference is the amount of mitigation solutions and gateways you have for the traffic to traverse or switch over to before all your services get clogged. It happens with FFXIV, WoW, PSO2, GTAVO, etc etc. Now, as for hacking/cheating? I’m all onboard with that. Hell today I dropped into Apex with two randos literally named “aimbot____” and they played like it. I literally let them run around and carry me. But please, you sitting there cheering these hackers on are the same whiny babies crying on Twitter when hackers bring down PSN on Thanksgiving to “prove a point.” If you’re going to be fine with one but cry about the other, don’t b**** and moan when someone pees in your soup.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

more power to hackers .respawn has been ignoring the problems plaguing apex and titanfall for too long by burying their head in sand .

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Peregrine Falcon

I disagree that the hackers achieved “nothing of value.”

The players have been annoyed that the developers have appeared to be ignoring the issues with Titanfall. Now the developers have been annoyed during a holiday weekend by the annoyed customers that they’ve ignored. Perhaps now they will not stop ignoring their customers’ concerns.

And Chris, can we please stop using the phrase “clap back”? It’s ridiculous. How about ‘replied’ or ‘responded’? You know, actual English words. The only people who respond by “clapping back” are six year-olds.

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Greaterdivinity

the annoyed customers that they’ve ignored

They literally aren’t, and haven’t been. Did you miss the updates from both May and June that Respawn is working on those problems that were linked in the story?

Really, all the hackers accomplished was ruining the weekend of a handful of folks at Respawn and pissing the studio off as a result. Insert Borat: GREAT SUCCESS meme here.

actual English words

“clap” and “back” are both English words. “Clap back” is also an English phrase, here’s a dictionary entry for it – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clap%20back

Because language evolves and changes over time, it always has and it always will. This is some weird gatekeeping.

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Hikari Kenzaki

And really, all it did is took this out of the purview of the technical people at Respawn and into the money people at Respawn. Ultimately, a console-only game is going to have its multiplayer shutdown.
If having Titanfall 1 servers online is going to cause disruption of the billion-dollar Apex Legends, then that might be sooner than later.

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Worldofwarcraft Mage

if respawn still doesnot wake up then there games will end in dustbin like countless other games ea has abandoned before. does anthem ring any bells ?

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Greaterdivinity

Oh boy…

Ah yes, the dustbin because…their older Titanfall games that haven’t been supported in years are getting battered with DDOS attacks and Apex Legends is performing well for them.

Anthem? Do you even know why that game struggled/failed? Because it has nothing to do with what we’re talking about here. Don’t just repeat buzzwords thinking they form some kind of argument.

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Fruitsofthesun

Did you miss the updates from both May and June that Respawn is working on those problems that were linked in the story?

A community note saying “we’re looking into it” is not really helpful when the game has been unplayable for literal months.

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Greaterdivinity

We’re running parallel efforts to address attacks on Titanfall. We know it’s been a big problem and our teams won’t stop working on this until it’s solved across each of our games.

That was the most recent update. You may not like that they’re not getting into nitty gritty details or updating daily, but they’re very obviously not ignoring the issue. Is it a top priority? Probably not quite so much for the business, but it’s something being worked on.

The temper tantrums and rage help nobody and just make the community look like a bunch of poo babies. Want to get mad at someone? Get mad at the folks launching the DDOS attacks, not the victims in this, Respawn (and the playerbase).

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Loopy

The devs were cheesed by the attack, and attempted to yeet the hackers from their crib.

Better?

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cursedseishi

We can go with;

The developers were buggered by the slicing, and promptly attempted to defenestration the hooligans from their dwellings

…If we wanna get fancy too.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

clap back is the perfect descriptor imo.

i’m 46 for reference.