Apex Legends: Over 2,000 Cheaters Banned for "Dashboarding"

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Respawn Entertainment recently banned over 2,000 cheaters for dashboarding and abusing a matchmaking exploit where Apex Predators are wreaking havoc against bronze-level players.

According to Conor Ford, Apex Security at Respawn Entertainment, the company has banned 2,086 accounts in total. Most people would assume that these abusers and exploiters are from PC, but that is not the case.

Ford said that of over 2,000 accounts banned, 1,965 were on PlayStation 4, 62 accounts on Xbox, and 15 on Nintendo Switch.

Only 44 accounts were on PC, which is surprisingly low given that most cheaters are usually found using PC.

Some of these accounts were banned due to “dashboarding.” For those who are not familiar with the term, dashboarding is where players would deliberately close their clients to forcefully quit the game before potentially losing the match. This is usually done to completely dodge the Ranked Points (RP) penalty of losing the game.

Matchmaking Exploit

There are six different Ranked Tiers in Apex Legends. They are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Apex Predator.

Of more than 2,000 banned players, some abused the matchmaking exploit where the highest-ranked players would infiltrate certain lobbies and beat bronze-level players to farm some RP.

To be clear, the bans are not absolute. This means the players caught abusing the exploit are only subject to “matchmaking bans.” According to Ford, they can return next time until these players have learned to play the game the right way.

In addition, the length of the bans will depend on the extent of the abuse. For example, those who have wreaked havoc on low-level lobbies are likely to miss out on the majority of the current season.

Anyway, it seems that Respawn is definitely all hands on deck for Apex Legends. This just reinforces the fact that Titanfall 2, while not totally forgotten, is not getting enough attention that it truly deserves.

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.

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