Respawn Entertainment dropped the ban hammer on two of Apex Legends’s best players, after a few professional players filed complaints with the security team.
Despite the constant endless efforts to eliminate cheaters in Apex, they remain extremely popular even in the highest ranks.
There have been some names the community has been watching for for quite some time now, and it looks like they have finally been deleted, thanks again to Respawn Security Chief Connor Ford, aka Hideouts.
These players were among the top 10 in the world ranking of the ranked mode in Apex Legends, clearly ruining the experience of other legitimate players.
Top Apex Predators banned
On January 22nd Posted caches Simple but effective message: Trusted Blocking Hammer x2.
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Connor Ford / Hyde Out (RSPN_Hideouts) January 23, 2021
It didn’t take long for the community to identify one of the culprits as “Not at Risk FPS” – who had played under other aliases in previous seeded seasons.
TSM professional team and legend Halo Eric ‘Snip3down’ Wrona were thrilled to see a player who suspected cheating finally getting the punishment he deserves.
Show LOL Embed a Tweet It was blocked again! A pathetic man at all, anyone who was defending these people who were arrested before would be totally silent now I’m sure, now what about the accomplices ?? Justice has been done!
– TSM Snip3down (@ Snip3down) January 22, 2021
With the ban, these players have now been removed from the ranked leaderboards, allowing legitimate players to rank appropriate.
Apex Tracker, a website that tracks top ranked players through an API, confirmed the ban through a Respawn rep, and updated the ranking accordingly.
We are aware of the bans that have just been imposed on some high-profile players.
Respawn rep directly confirmed us too (thank you)
We are not in the business of naming names unless it is in a positive way; Just let us know that we are aware of the “problem,” let’s say.
– Apex Legends Tracker (Apex_Tracker) January 23, 2021
Although these bans are welcome and a positive step, cheating is a pervasive problem across all levels of Apex Legends.
Hideouts is widely praised in the community for its work against hackers but it is only one individual, and players feel that more effective anti-cheat is a system-wide necessity.
However, Apex is still better than its battle royale competitor, Warzone, which appears to have no effective anti-cheat system at all – The issue that affected the big money tournaments.