Respawn has reported that over 16,000 players have been banned from Apex Legends as a result of their cheating (yay!).
The free-to-play title garnered over 25 million players after the first week of it's February 4th release. But that number has been reduced by over 16,000, which, of course, the developers don't mind. They must have expected that there'd be plenty of cheaters given the shockingly high number of users they've seen come in anyway.
Fortunately, the developers are doing their very best to crack down on players gaining an unfair advantage over others by means other than natural skill and ability. And, apparently, several cheaters have already felt the drop of the hammer.
"As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game," Respawn announced via Reddit on the weekend.
"Cheaters suck," they added, along with a link that players can use to report anyone they suspect of cheating. "If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know here: https://www.easy.ac/en-us/support/apexlegends/contact/report/. Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea."
So far, Respawn has been doing pretty well with their response to player concerns. Their first patch went live last week, and they have promised that a second one will come out this week.
"We know this has been frustrating for many of you across all platforms. We hear you and we take this issue seriously," the announcement continues. "Improving stability, performance, and quality of life is a big priority for us and we have a lot of work to do. We pushed our first patch out earlier this week and we’ve got many more coming [including one next week!]. We’ll always provide patch notes when these come out. No I can’t tell you what’s in it yet."
As it relates to the cheating, 16,000 transgressors getting pushed out doesn't seem like a huge number at first glance. But, considering the game is only two weeks old, it is actually quite impressive.