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Respawn Issues Statement Following Apex Legends Hacking Incident | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


Highlights

  • Respawn’s response to the recent Apex Legends hacking incident shows a commitment to maintaining security in the game and community trust.
  • Hackers have been a persistent issue in popular live-service games like Apex Legends, prompting Respawn to take action against cheaters.
  • Despite security concerns and recent layoffs, Respawn is focused on growing the popularity of Apex Legends and possibly expanding into new markets.



Respawn has finally offered an update after the recent Apex Legends hacking incident. The latest edition of the North American regional finals of Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) came to a halt as hackers made their way to the tournament. With no comment from the studio at the time, many Apex Legends players raised concerns over the possible vulnerability of the game. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for an official statement from Respawn in an effort to dispel the security concerns.

Hackers aren’t new to gaming, particularly when it comes to popular live-service games. Apex Legends itself has been plagued by several issues around cheating and hacking since its inception in 2019. Last year, in one of the company’s notable ban waves, Respawn banned over 3000 cheaters in ranked matches. While hackers continue to find ways to rig the game, Respawn’s latest update is an encouraging sign in terms of maintaining the community’s trust and confidence.


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The hacking incident at the Apex Legends tournament prompted immediate security questions, such as the hack possibly being an Easy Anti-Cheat vulnerability. However, Epic Games clarified that no such issues were found, followed by Respawn’s own update on the game’s status. In its statement, the company stated that it immediately paused the competition once the issue came to light. Respawn also said that its team deployed “the first of a layered series of updates” to ensure the game’s security. While it remains to be seen what the specifics are, it’s an indication that the developers have more security measures on the way.



Battling Apex Legends Hackers and Beyond

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only issue at hand for the Titanfall 2 studio. Recently, it was announced that Apex Legends was hit with layoffs as part of EA’s 670 staff cuts that impacted several studios. A few weeks ago, EA CEO Andrew Wilson mentioned that the company is looking at “more modalities of play” in Apex Legends and that the focus is growing its popularity in untapped markets in 2024 and beyond. Either way, it’s unclear how the layoff will impact the future of the game.


That’s not to say it’s all bad news for gamers. In addition to the upcoming Star Wars strategy game, Respawn is reportedly working on a new Titanfall-based title as well. Fans have long requested a follow-up to the cult-hit Titanfall 2, despite the studio’s constant reluctance to comment on the possibility of Titanfall 3. While it may be some time until Respawn offers an official look at its next project, its continual efforts at growing Apex Legends promise to keep the fan interest piqued.

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Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game made by Respawn. In this shooter, players take up the mantle of a Legend — one of the playable characters — and form a squad with other players. The game is set in the same universe as the Titanfall series and the two franchises have had many crossovers.

Released
February 4, 2019

Publisher(s)
Electronic Arts

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