EA's Respawn Entertainment studio is going to be clamping down on cheaters in its battle royale game Apex Legends.
In a post on Twitter, the developer said that it was looking into several options to halt bad actors in the free-to-play title. This includes hiring more people to handle manual bands, as well as creating tools to detect and stop distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. Finally, Respawn is researching how to catch and boot cheaters in a quicker manner.
"Playing against cheaters sucks," the studio said in a subsequent post. "We'll keep you updated as we ship the above changes and pursue new ones."
Since its launch back in 2019, Apex Legends has been played by more than 100 million players. The title hit 291k concurrent users on Steam in May, following the launch of its ninth season of content, while Season 8 drew in "well over" 12 million weekly active users across all platforms.
Cheating is – and always will be – an issue for online games, even those produced by huge triple-A companies. Activision has booted over 500k accounts from its own battle royale game, Call of Duty: Warzone. Meanwhile, Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent recently teamed up with local law enforcement in a huge bust of the "world's biggest" cheat maker.