『Apex LegendsThe developer revealed on Twitter on July 31 that BAN was punished for cheating on more than 2000 players. What is remarkable about this large-scale BAN is that the developer has clearly stated the breakdown and reason. It seems that the background was not cheating using tools such as auto aim, but cheating called “Dashboarding” that pierces the gap of the rank match system, and cheating that high rank players break into the low rank band. ..
Apex Legends is a popular competitive FPS game by Respawn Entertainment. In addition to regular playlists, the game has a more competitive “rank match” mode. In the same mode, each player holds points called RP (rank points), and the rank changes depending on the amount of possession. Then, when participating in the match, the RP proportional to the height of the rank is deducted as the entry fee. In other words, the higher the rank, the more likely it is that the “balance” of the RP will become negative unless you achieve excellent results.
The problem of “disconnecting lines” was rampant in ranked match mode. There are several remedies for the aforementioned RP subtraction. One of them is “abnormal termination of the game”. This is applied to the interruption of play due to problems with equipment or internet connection, and the RP paid as an entry fee will be returned. “Line disconnection” is an act of abusing this mechanism to interrupt play by using means such as disconnecting the line or forcibly terminating the game to prevent subtraction of RP and maintain the balance. In the console version, it returns to the main menu (Dashboard) of the game machine, so it is called “Dashboarding” overseas.
It seems that the main target of this BAN disposition was such an act of omission. Conor Ford, a member of the Cheetah Security team at Respawn Entertainment, explains on Twitter the breakdown and reasons for this BAN disposer. As for the breakdown, it seems that the majority of PlayStation 4 version disposers are 1965.
“We have also disposed of Exploit users that high-ranked players can enter into low-ranked lobbies,” Ford said. Witness testimony has been made on the PlayStation 4 version of this fraud, and it has recently become a hot topic in the overseas “Apex Legends” community. Although it is not clear why the breakdown is biased, it seems that a series of fraudulent users were likely to have a large percentage of PlayStation 4 players. He also said that the weight of the punishment for this large-scale BAN target was decided according to the maliciousness of each fraudulent activity.
In addition, Dashboarding has been known to the development side for a long time. Last year, Ford mentioned the issue on Twitter. It was reported that the account was temporarily suspended mainly for PlayStation 4 users (related article). Earlier, senior system designer Eric Hewitt said of the Dashboarding act that “the day of refereeing is just around the corner.” This large-scale BAN disposition is an example of such a “judgment”.
Although measures and dispositions have been taken for some time, it is a rather rare example that the breakdown is clarified in detail. In this post, Ford said, “It’s probably the worst thing to miss the start of the season, and when you come back next time, enjoy it.” The attitude of the development side to give severe punishment to the cheating player is also desirable as a player. Hopefully, we will continue to punish fraudulent players, including cheats.