Apex Legends has become one of the most popular free-to-play games in the world. In February, Respawn Entertainment saw its popular battle royale hit 50 million downloads and break huge viewership records on Twitch with ease.
Unfortunately, free-to-play games will always attract cheaters. It’s a sad fact that’s known by anyone in the gaming industry, and Apex wasn’t spared from this hacking epidemic. Popular streamer Michael “shroud” Grzesiek voiced his opinion on the cheating problems Apex has been suffering over the past month, saying that cheaters “are going to ruin this game.”
Shroud explained that he spoke to Respawn about cheaters when he was playtesting the game for them. “If you don’t handle cheaters well, no report system will save you,” Shroud said. “A report system is literally useless. Like, you gotta figure a way to get rid of them.”
The talented former esports pro has experienced plenty of games that have been marred by an abundance of cheaters. Last year, Shroud’s game of choice on Twitch was PUBG, but that title became populated by a plethora of cheaters relatively quickly.
Respawn has said that it has already banned over half a million hackers, but it seems like they’re still an ongoing problem that has to be addressed soon. From speedhackers to aimbotters, almost every Apex player has experienced cheating at some level. If Respawn doesn’t want its game to lose any of its momentum heading into the summer, it has to do something about this problem soon.