Apex Legends

Apex Legends Hacker Hunts Down NICKMERCS, Cloakzy, 72hrs

A stream-sniping hacker hunted down three of the most prominent Apex Legends streamer during a recent broadcast.
A stream-sniping hacker hunted down three of the most prominent Apex Legends streamer during a recent broadcast. / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment/EA

An Apex Legends hacker made it their mission to hunt down and kill prominent streamers Nicholas "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff, Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore and Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan in a recent game of theirs.

NICKMERCS, Cloakzy and 72hrs were in the middle of a standard Apex Legends match when they started getting hit by shots traveling through walls. The streamers knew they were about to be mowed down, so they tried to milk some humor from the situation by teabagging in place rather than fighting back. The hacker opted to kill them anyway.

The incident is evidence of the growing hacker problem in Apex Legends, which is particularly tragic for streamers who fled Call of Duty: Warzone to avoid that game's rampant cheating problem the way NICKMERCS, Cloakzy and 72hrs did. The increased profile these streamers brought to Apex Legends appears to have encouraged hackers to follow them to the new game for the purposes of stream sniping.

Apex Legends has yet to hit the cheating saturation that Warzone suffered from, but it's likely only a matter of time before that changes — unless Respawn Entertainment can introduce anti-cheat software that can successfully combat the rising tide.