According to five creators and sellers of aimbots and hacks who spoke with Kotaku Apex Legends has become a great business for cheat-makers.
Just a week after Apex Legends "explosive release, a cascade of accusations of deception flooded the players' forums and every corner of the Internet where the survival shooter players are hiding. The articles of the past few weeks have accused Twitch streamer and professionals like ElmZero, Mobados and Mengiez of using illegal hacks such as removing recoil or blocking targets to gain an advantage over opponents Cheats for Apex Legends they are resoundingly sold through YouTube, Discord and a handful of hacking forums across the web. Earlier this week, developer Respawn revealed that he banned 355,000 of the 50 million gamers of the game for cheating.  A cheat-maker, who would only act as "Dev", was working on what he called " Fortnite stuff" before Apex Legends arrived on the market. "Suspicious Fortnite stuff," he clarified on a voice call Discord. Over time, he explained, progress in Fortnite's security software has made cheating very difficult and easily detectable. The Fortnite developer also started to sue the cheat-makers, which scared many of them. He says that is why he, and many other cheat-makers, moved to Apex Legends which says it is much easier and more profitable to develop tricks for
The cheating operation of Dev was opened only four days ago and, during those four days, made about $ 5,000, the screenshots provided to Kotaku confirm. In a video that advertises its software, Dev's business partner, Tom, kills 30 people in one game. Tom's account, says Dev, is still under discussion.
"In terms of tricks, what's really required right now is Apex Legends ," said another cheat salesman, whom we'll call Adam. In just one week, Adam says he earned $ 400 in profits Apex Legends . (Since many tricks are paid by subscription, that number is set to grow.) In a video that advertises his hack, Adam's Apex Legends pistol easily follows and kills an opponent completely obscured by smoking
As a free game, Apex Legends does not need to be bought back if a player is banned for cheating. There are no huge repercussions to be discovered. "If you are banned, you can simply create a new account and change your hardware IDs," said Dev, who added it's possible with a piece of free software.
Cheat-makers and salesmen even have their favorite characters to cheat with. Tom said that Bangalore is exceptionally fun to cheat because, after getting a smoke cover, his hack allows him to see through walls and shoot opponents who don't know where he is. Another makeup salesman, Timothy, explained that, for him, it is Bloodhound, "due to the fact that, if I tried to hide my advantages, I could simply say I saw some steps and we will follow them," he said. "As for who is the easiest [to cheat with] I would say Wraith, because if you feel too sure you can also use a skill to get out of the situation quickly."
While people who make money with scams can be satisfied The popularity of Apex Legends players who want to play a clean and fair game may feel differently. / r / ApexLegends moderator Emily remembers the first post she saw on a cheater. "It was February 12, 8 days after release," he said to Kotaku on Reddit. "The subreddit has been flooded with posts about hackers and cheaters since that first one. We removed posts related to cheating / hacking because they are so frequent and overwhelm the other contents of the submarine."
While reports of cheating reached a critical mass , Emily says she contacted Apex Legends developer to ask how to help the community report cheaters. Later, in the forums Apex Legends the contacts of the Respawn community linked the players to a "Report A Cheat" page on Easy Anti-Cheat, the Apex Legends program uses to detect the cheating. Again, Apex Legends does not have an in-game reporting function.
The developers of Apex Legends Respawn Games have posted about the subreddit of the game five days ago to say that it is working on improvements to identify and remove cheats in the future, but "must be rather reserved" on the their plans. Respawn said they are working to integrate a "Report" function into the PC version of the game.
When asked about the life span for this explosion in Apex Legends sales of tricks, Tom said Kotaku "Right now I feel like it's booming and on the rise. " Then, citing the severe and often short bows for the popularity of battle games, he continued, "Eventually the game will die and the other games will overtake it."