Respawn says he’s taking “big steps” toward a solution to the DDoS problems that have persisted in Apex Legends over the past few months, being “as frustrated” as players are about the situation.
Numerous reports Reddit i Twitter have been made by players who claim that people make use of DDoS attacks to give themselves an unfair advantage, raising themselves in ranked rankings while attack victims are ripping themselves out of games and often losing RP as result.
Said communications director Ryan Rigney on a Reddit AMD last month that the study was exploring various avenues to address concerns, such as closing the loopholes that allowed attacks and improving tools to help identify the players who initiated them. Rigney also said Respawn was "investigating more serious consequences beyond the bans," and said legal action was being considered in certain cases.
The DDoS situation is being addressed as we speak for our own @ricklesauceur. It's not the easiest solution in the world, but big steps are being taken to fix it. Meanwhile, 31 abusers have been banned in the shadows. We worry and are as frustrated as the players.June 1, 2021
There seems to be some progress being made, with Respawn security analyst Conor Ford tweeting about "the DDoS situation is being addressed as we speak" by chief software engineer Samy Duc. "It's not the easiest solution in the world, but big steps are being taken to fix it. Meanwhile, 31 abusers have been banned in the shadows. We are as frustrated as the players."
Apex has been dealing with its fair share of naughty players: at the end of 2020, 419 top-ranked players got the banhammer to exploit a problem that allowed them to defeat the bronze players to get an easy RP. To add insult to injury, other Respawn games have also suffered DDoS attacks. Both games of Titanfall fell victim to it a few weeks ago, after dealing with attacks in the past.