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Highlights

  • The ALGS NA regional finals are being postponed due to hackers disrupting the tournament, sparking calls for better anti-cheat system.
  • Pro players like Genburten and ImperialHal encountered wall hacks and aimbot mid-match.
  • The Apex Legends community has called for improved security measures.



The regional finals of Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) in North America was postponed after hackers disrupted the tournament. The incident has divided the Apex Legends community as many fans and pro players have called for a better anti-cheat system.

ALGS recently hosted the first batch of tournaments for the North American leg, which was supposed to determine the region’s 12 representatives for the Split 1 Playoffs in May. However, the Apex Legends tournament‘s validity was brought into question after DarkZero player Noyan “Genburten” Ozkose discovered live on stream that a hacker had given him wall hacks mid-match, which forced him to quit his Apex Legends match immediately. The hacker also left messages on Genburten’s screen, which proved that the player didn’t install the cheats beforehand. Genburten was later subbed out while ALGS reset Game 4, despite concerns from Apex Legends pros and fans.


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Unfortunately, ALGS admins shut down Game 4 midway after another hacking incident. This time, TSM’s Phillip “ImperialHal” Dosen discovered that the hacker gave him aimbot. Shortly after, ALGS announced on Twitter that the NA finals would be postponed until further notice due to the competitive integrity of the matches being compromised, and that it would share information soon.

Apex Legends Hackers Give Pro Players Cheats

  • Genburten: Wall hacks, which allows players to see other players behind walls
  • ImperialHal: Aimbot, a program that helps players shoot accurately, even if they’re not aiming at enemies


The Apex Legends community was shocked by what happened. Some who accused both players of actually cheating, despite evidence, such as the hacker’s messages on Genburten’s screen, proving otherwise. Either way, pro players and fans emphasized that this should be a wake-up call for Respawn to revisit Apex Legends‘ security to avoid a similar incident in ALGS and non-tournament matches.

This isn’t the first time Respawn has had to deal with widespread cheating in Apex Legends, and it has pledged many times that it was going to fix the problem. However, the fact that hackers were able to access other players’ clients and install cheats so quickly is understandably a cause for concern.


Hopefully, the postponement of the ALGS NA finals will give Respawn enough time to fix the hacking issue in Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends

Released
February 4, 2019

Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts

Genre(s)
Battle Royale , First-Person Shooter

Multiplayer
Online Multiplayer

Engine
Source on console/PC, Unreal Engine 4 on mobile

ESRB
T for Teen: Blood, Violence

Metascore
89

Platforms That Support Crossplay
PC, PS4, Switch & Xbox One

PS Plus Availability
N/A

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