Hacker Vigilantes and Apex

Hackers have launched an assault on Apex Legends, in an attempt to…stop hacking. Last weekend a group of hackers attacked Apex and replaced playlists and audio files with a message saying “TF1 is being attacked so is Apex.” They also ask players to visit savetitanfall.com, but the website quickly responded saying they do not condone the attacks. The hackers are Titanfall 1 and 2 players, frustrated with the state of their game.

Titanfall 1 and 2 have been plagued by DDoS attacks for over a year. There was a patch in 2019 to fix the issue but it was merely a temporary band aid. Developer Respawn and publishers EA have set their focus on the cash cow, Apex Legends. Apex takes place in the same universe as Titanfall but plays much differently. While the original two titles were just a launch purchase and done, Apex is “live service” and fueled by microtransactions. Players feel that EA does not want to focus on the elder games and instead wants those players to join Apex.

Respawn director of communication, Ryan Rigney, took to Twitter to explain the attacks only ruined a weekend for players and changed nothing at the company. He shared a past tweet where he expressed the companies intentions to fix the ongoing Titanfall problems.

“The team has never stopped working on DDoS solutions, and anti-cheat is just a never-ending war of whack-a-mole. On the DDoS front, we WILL solve this. When we do, I promise you it won’t be because hackers ‘made us aware’ by ruining a holiday. They achieved nothing of value.”

– Ryan Rigney

Since last weekend’s hacker take over, Apex Legends has been hit major outages. Respawn has not stated the source of the outages but its timing suggests additional attacks. The outages are affecting the login servers, keeping players from logging into the game servers.

While I love both Titanfalls and want them fully working, this is not how you accomplish you goals. Yes, voice your opinion. Put both Respawn and EA to task. Boycott games if you need to. But when you attack another game like this, you’re only hurting fellow players. We all just want to escape into our favorite worlds and play with our friends. Stopping an innocent parties fun, does nothing for you. And EA and Respawn need to restore these games. They are young enough to still be relevant. They should still be fully functional, and if they are not then you are not providing a product you sold. Hackers should not be your concern, it should be lawsuits.

Sources: PC Games, Dexerto, DOT eSports

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