Respawn Entertainment has banned over 16,000 cheaters from battle royale hit Apex Legends during its short life so far.
With 25 million-plus players and counting, it’s inevitable that a fair few cheaters would start to worm their way into the game's player base. And Respawn has been keen to let its userbase know it does not take cheating lightly.
“As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game,” said Respawn community manager Jay Frechette on the Apex Legends subreddit. “Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know.”
Frechette also touched on a notable omission from Apex Legends’ current features lineup - a report button. Frechette doesn’t outright announce the functionality is incoming, but the team does feel its addition would be welcome.
“We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game," he said. "I’ll just say that’s a very good idea.”
Currently, players can submit reports of cheating through official support channels on the Easy Anti-Cheat site.
Cheaters have so far failed to heavily stain what has been a phenomenal launch for Respawn’s battle royale. By day three, Apex Legends hit 10 million players. Where Fortnite took a little over three months to reach 20 million players, it took Apex Legends one week.