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Respawn Entertainment was forced to shut down the Apex Legends Global Series finals for the North American region mid-game after an unfortunate hacking event that gave some pro players abnormal abilities. It is not clear how the hackers gained access to a private lobby for the esports final or how widespread the issue may be.

Hacking Of Apex Legends Global Series Finals Questions The Integrity Of Esports

However, the Anti-Cheat Police Department, a group that specializes in gathering intelligence on cheats to detect and disrupt cheating vendors, later suggested that the hackers used the RCE exploit.

Remote Code Execution (RCE) is an attack that can be triggered remotely to execute malicious code on a computer. The impact can range from malware execution to an attacker gaining full control over the compromised computer.

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The Anti-Cheat Police Department shared evidence that suggests RCE was involved. Also, the group advised everyone who might have participated in the Apex Legends Global Series tournament to take immediate action.

“Attention to all players who participated in the ALGS tournament, I strongly recommend that you take immediate measures to protect your personal information,” wrote the Anti-Cheat Police Department on X. “It is advisable that you change your Discord passwords and ensure that your emails are secure. also enable MFA for all your accounts if you have not done it yet.”

Hacking Of Apex Legends Global Series Finals Questions The Integrity Of Esports

“Perform a clean OS reinstall as soon as possible. Do not take any chances with your personal information, your PC may have been exposed to a rootkit or other malicious software that could cause further damage.”

A message was later shared on the Apex Legends Esports account confirming that the Apex Legends Global Series finals for the North American region has been postponed and that more information will be shared soon.

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In the comment section of the announcement, people could not hide their disgust and wondered how a billion-dollar company could allow this to happen. One comment called out a streamer and asked that they should be investigated.

Apex Legends Global Series finals event is a new level of cheating

Hacking Of Apex Legends Global Series Finals Questions The Integrity Of Esports

While cheating has always been a problem with online multiplayer games, hacking an esports final is a level that many esports fans have never seen before. Cheaters usually give themselves abilities like auto aim and the ability to see through walls.

However, giving genuine players such abilities in the middle of the Apex Legends Global Series finals was clearly intended to ruin the event. According to reports, one of the players was banned before the event was shut down.

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Clips of the Apex Legends Global Series finals showing players being hacked have spread on social media. In one of the clips, pro player DZ_Genburten’s chat suddenly stated saying, “Apex hacking global series by Destroyer2009 & R4ndom”.

Soon after, DZ_Genburten realized that he could see the location of every player in the game, even those hiding behind walls. “I’m getting hacked,” he said twice before raising his hands to show that it wasn’t his doing.

“Can you play?” another player asked.

“Yeah,” he responded, “but it’s cheating. I can see everyone”. He eventually quit the game, visibly upset.

Apex Legends Global Series Year 4 Split 1 Playoffs will start on May 2, 2024, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. It is the first LAN event for the year and tickets will go on sale this Friday. The tournament is expected to feature 40 teams across 6 regions.

Apex Legends Global Series finals raises questions about cheating in games

Hacking Of Apex Legends Global Series Finals Questions The Integrity Of Esports

The unfortunate event at the Apex Legends Global Series finals has raised questions about both cheating in online games and the anti-cheat mechanisms often implemented in the game. Some players have criticized the anti-cheat system for unjustly kicking them out.

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However, the bigger question is about the integrity of eSports in general. The Apex Legends Global Series finals event took place on a broader scale which made it easy for people to spot. However, it is hard to tell if players have cheated their way to victory in previous eSports events.

This has the potential to dampen the spirit of honest eSports players who may be forced to ask questions in the future when they lose matches. It will take a lot to restore the confidence of players in eSports events.


Anthony Emecheta

Anthony Emecheta has over a decade experience as a freelance writer. Gaming has always been a childhood hobby and he is excited to be collaborating with a gaming company as a content creator. It is like having all the things he loves in one place.

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