Dropping the Hardware Ban Hammer
This is more than your run-of-the-mill account suspension. If someone is caught cheating, both their account and their PC will be banned permanently. Accounts made from banned PCs will be automatically flagged and banned within 30 minutes.
Measures such as resetting a PC to its factory default settings and changing a MAC address were no avail to the cheaters, either. Their frustration is redoubled when you consider that websites sell these cheats for up to $150. That’s a good chunk of change to spend only to have it rendered useless soon after.
Respawn Is Not Going to Put up With Cheaters
In a Reddit post, Respawn has made it very clear that the struggle against cheaters isn’t over.
“…the fight against cheaters is an ongoing war that we’ll need to continue to adapt to and be very vigilant about fighting. We take cheating very seriously and care deeply about the health of Apex Legends for all players.”
It’s apparent that they have taken a page from other online games and the impact cheaters have had on their community. Fortnite, for example, has been subject to a longtime cheating epidemic. Fresh videos of cheaters can be found on Twitch and Reddit daily.
Such a Severe Response Was Inevitable
This is a bold move by Respawn, but it is an understandable one. Cheaters affect the quality of gameplay for their customer base and tarnish the reputation of both the game and its publishers. So far Respawn has banned at over 355,000 players on PC. With numbers like this, and after watching other games suffer under cheaters, it was only a matter of time before a drastic move was made to stem the tide of cheating.
How do you feel about Respawn’s hardware ban? Do you think it was over-the-top and unwarranted or is it exactly what the gaming industry needs to raise the bar on combating cheaters? Tell us how you feel in the comments.