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Apex Legends has had what might be its biggest hacking incident yet. During the Apex Legends Global Series tournament this weekend, a number of pros were given tools like wallhack and aimbot mid-match by hackers, prompting the tournament to halt any further play.

Hackers give pro Apex Legends players cheats

A few pro Apex Legends players were afraid to continue playing during their ALGS event recently due to these hackers. This wasn’t a case of pros intentionally using hacks, though; instead, a third-party source looks to have hacked the game and started giving cheats to the players mid-match. As a result, a few well-known pros gained the ability to see through walls or aimbot.

As you might expect, players were blown away that it was happening, and a few posted their live reactions to Twitter. Not only did the hacks ruin the competitive nature of the ALGS, none of the players wanted to continue. Many players just stopped shooting and were likely worried about being accused of cheating live on stream. The result was a stop to the tournament, and a great many players and fans being extremely worried about the state of cheating in Apex Legends.

How did the ALGS get hacked?

After being forced to end the tournament and find a solution for the future, the event-runners had this to say in a Tweet:

“Due to the competitive integrity of this series being compromised, we have made the decision to postpone the NA finals at this time. We will share more information soon.”

In response, a video game cheat prevention organization, called the Anti-Cheat Police Department, advised caution in playing further Apex. Easy Anti-Cheat Tweeted about the issue, claiming there isn’t an RCE vulnerability being exploited.

Update (5:48 p.m. ET): Epic has now publicly confirmed it’s looked into the issue and have confirmed it to be unrelated to Easy Anti-Cheat. “We are confident THERE IS NO RCE [sic] vulnerability within EAC being exploited.”


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