Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins has weighed in on the issues of hackers and cheats in newly released battle royale Apex Legends, but thinks Fortnite has set a good example for how to deal with them.
Releasing as a surprise on February 4, it didn’t take long for Apex Legends to become a hit. With no pre-release promotion, developers Respawn Entertainment relied on ‘influencers’, like Ninja, to push the game when it launched.
It worked, with 25 million unique players after the first week, and 50 million after the first month, but with such a massively popular, and free-to-play game, cheaters and hackers are almost inevitable.
Apex Legends uses Valve’s source engine, which has been around long enough for cheat-makers to find plenty of ways to introduce hacks.
Respawn say that they have already banned more than 350,000 accounts since the game’s release, but the problem persists, as they try to get to the root of the issue.
Ninja has suggested that like Fortnite, it might take a month or so more before the problem can be treated more effectively.
Also I see so many hacker tweets about Apex and that questionable wingman change. Really want to see @PlayApex get this right. But also remember it took fortnite 1-2 months to release their GOD TIER hacker update where we almost never saw them again.
— Ninja :usa: (@Ninja) March 13, 2019
Currently, Apex Legends players are eagerly awaiting the release of Season 1, which is also expected to bring some major balancing updates.
Presumably, there will also be some attempt at addressing hacking in the game, although Respawn are unlikely to go into any great detail about specific changes, as this would only make the hackers job of creating new cheats easier.