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EA confirm Apex Legends releasing in China despite ongoing cheating issues

Published: 8/May/2019 0:28 Updated: 8/May/2019 0:29

by Albert Petrosyan

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Apex Legends publishers Electronic Arts have confirmed that the game will be released in China, and there’s already speculation swirling around about how that will affect its rampant cheating issue. 

EA held their most recent conference call on May 7, where they discussed the future of their major assets, including their behemoth battle royale title Apex Legends.

Daniel Ahmad, who covers the digital games market in China and Southeast Asia, reported that EA plan on expanding Apex Legends to other markets around the world, one of which will be China.

According to Ahmad, EA have a strong relationship with the video game publishing division of Chinese super-company Tencent, having just released the region-exclusive FIFA Online 4 with them last year.

This points to EA releasing Apex Legends in China through Tencent, which makes sense considering that the company already publishes some huge titles like Call of Duty Online, League of Legends, Fortnite, PUBG, and more. 

How do people play Apex Legends in China now?

The fact that Apex Legends hasn’t been released in China hasn’t stopped the country’s inhabitants to still enjoy the game.

In order to play the game, players simply use VPN services that bounce their IP address to a different region, giving them access to the servers.

Without doing this, players are either unable to download Apex Legends, and those that do manage to get their hands on the game, find their access to the servers blocked. 

EA will likely release Apex Legends in China through Tencent, who already publishes a lot of major titles in the region.

What this means for massive cheating problem?

It’s not secret that Apex Legends is infested with many cheaters and hackers, many of whom are believed to be playing from China.

These Chinese hackers are able to cheat without consequence because their IPs are virtually untraceable due to the VPN, which means that they can hack without having to fear being banned from the servers. 

However, assuming that it will be region locked, the release of Apex Legends in China could have a positive affect on this issue as it could compel many players to stop using these VPNs and simply play within their region.

Unfortunately, as a developer from Respawn Entertainment has pointed out before, this won’t completely stop hackers from the region, as they can simply stick to using VPNs to bypass the region lock and continue to cheat.

It remains to be seen what kind of effect Apex Legends’ release in China will have on the major cheating issue.

It’s also important to keep in mind, many players who use VPNs to connect to other regions’ servers face major connection issues, which can be a frustrating experience for everyone involved. 

That being said, while we don’t know yet how releasing Apex Legends in China will affect the cheating, it at least will allow players to enjoy the game domestically without having to jump through hoops. 

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Simple Apex Legends trick makes grenades undodgeable at long-range

Published: 21/Jan/2021 12:22

by Alex Garton

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Grenades in Apex Legends can be extremely difficult to use and can often feel slightly underwhelming. However, if you use the correct technique, they can be incredibly effective, especially at long-range.

Apex Legends is filled with a range of exciting weapons and throwables for players to use. However, one of the most powerful and effective pickups is the standard grenade that’s found in almost every single FPS.

Unlike Apex’s other in-game throwables, if the grenade is thrown perfectly, it’s incredibly difficult for an enemy to dodge or avoid. This is due to the ignition time of four seconds that begins when a grenade is thrown by a player.

At long range and with the correct technique, a grenade can be aimed with pinpoint accuracy and explode directly on landing.

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Apex Legends Season 8 is set to launch on February 2.

Apex Legends trick makes grenades explode on landing

A thread posted to the Apex University subreddit, which provides tips for improving at the game, shows exactly how to throw grenades so they explode on landing, and has garnered over 3500 upvotes.

EddygCPA points out a very simple grenade trick that a lot of players overlook, especially in enclosed endgame situations. When throwing a grenade at long-range, aiming it flat towards your opponents will allow them to see it coming and easily avoid the explosion.

Instead, players should aim the grenade directly upwards and then angle it downwards to a point where it will fly through the air, landing on enemies from above.

Not only will this make it less likely for your target to see a grenade in the air, but it will also ensure the grenade will explode directly upon landing.

A technique not many take advantage of. Throwing a nade like this is helpful during endgames and in the open when normally and enemy could just move out of the way. from r/apexuniversity

Of course, in order to utilize this technique, you’ll need to put in some hours on the Firing Range to ensure your grenade throwing is up to par.

However, there’s no denying it’s an incredibly simple trick that is guaranteed to catch your opponents off-guard the next time you throw a grenade.

Who knows, the next time you’re in an end-game circle with one other squad left standing, this could be exactly what you need to pick up the victory.