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Players caught cheating at Apex Legends are now receiving permanent hardware bans, reports Daily Esports, who say this is a hot topic on the wretched hives of scum and villainy where cheats are shared (thanks Game Rant). Some players attempt to cheat in most every online game, and bans are a common way to combat this, but this can be frustrating in free-to-play games like Apex Legends where banned players can simply register for new accounts. By taking the more drastic measure of banning the hardware used by cheaters, Respawn is sending a clear message of genuine zero tolerance for such behavior. Word is that any account made on flagged hardware is banned within 30 minutes. The report offers an example from Reddit of a cheater who posted that their ban persisted even after they changed HWID, vol id, and Mac address, and after formatting their PC, performing a factory reset, changing their dynamic IP, partitioning their hard drives, and even installing an older GPU. If that all isn't enough to make your day, the schadenfreude actually gets better:
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