An Apex Legends developer has confirmed that more will be done to crack down on cheaters, but region locking China isn’t as simple as it seems.
Apex Legends has exploded in popularity since entering the saturated battle royale market in February – amassing a huge player base across the globe that can compete with Fortnite.
As with any in-demand game, some players will try to gain an unfair advantage on the battlefield, and China is particularly prominent for hackers and cheaters – PUBG were forced to region lock users in the country in order to remove a wave of exploiters back in October 2018.
With hackers still ruining the gaming experience for many on Apex Legends, there have been calls for Respawn Entertainment to do the same, which would stop players from quitting the game due to the hackers.
Nevertheless, one of the game's developer confirmed on Reddit that while more methods to stop cheaters are in the works, it will be a constant battle to ensure fairness among their player base.
The developer also revealed that region locking China would not solve the problem of hackers on the Asian servers as the game isn’t even officially released there.
It’s likely that players are using one or multiple VPN’s in order to gain access to the game – meaning region locking won’t solve the issue at hand as cheaters will continue to bypass the ban on their IP address.
It seems that Apex Legends players in Asia will be forced to deal with the cheaters for the time being, with Respawn giving no further update when more anti-cheat methods will be introduced.
Given the popularity of the game and the lucrative nature of the Asian market, developers should be doing all they can to come up with a solution as soon as possible.