The developers of free-to-play battle royale, Apex Legends, have confessed that hundreds of thousands of players have now been banned from the game.
In an update post to its many fans on Reddit, Apex Legends‘ community manager Jayfresh_Respawn confirmed that over 770,000 players have been banned for cheating.
Detailing Respawn’s insane dedication to removing cheaters from the game, Jayfresh writes: “We’ve been working closely with key experts across EA including: EA Security and Fraud, the Origin teams, our fellow developers at DICE, FIFA, and Capital Games, in addition to Easy-Anti-Cheat.
“While we’ve already rolled out several updates (and will be continually doing so for the foreseeable future), others will take time to fully implement.”
Jayfresh explained that the company is “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.”
The team’s being so proactive, that they’ve actually discovered and banned “4,000 cheat seller accounts (spammers) in the last 20 days” alone.
In total, Jayfresh says that 300,000 account creations have been banned, along with the 770,000 cheaters.
It’s a mammoth – and much appreciated – effort, but it looks like Apex Legends‘ huge boom of players may still be dropping regardless of its hard work.
The viewership for Apex Legends has dropped hugely since its launch in February this year.
According to PC Gamer, the game’s viewership on Twitch has dropped by 75% since launch.
This is only made more painful for Apex Legends players as Fortnite has remained where it was before Apex was released.
Fortnite experienced a temporary drop in viewer count when Apex Legends launched, but it quickly bounced back to above 20 million views and has remained stable ever since.
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