The Apex Legends macro cheating debate rages on

Macros have been a hot topic in Apex Legends for a while. Giving veteran players the ability to lower – or remove entirely – some of the input barriers for some of the game’s trickiest movement skills. Using macros, in the eyes of many in the community, walks a fine line between using all the tools at your disposal and cheating outright.

So we wanted to delve into the topic of Apex Legends macros and get to the bottom of the question of whether it’s a perfectly fair game or some form of exploit just waiting for Respawn to stamp it out.

This topic has recently taken off thanks to a popular post on the Apex Legends subreddit titled Why are macros being normalized?? In it, user armadillo_soup expresses his opinion that macros are cheating besides editing cfg files or adding scripts – period. Her post was inspired by the spread of the above methods widely shared via TikTok and Reddit as avenues for new movement techniques. Your opinion seems to have struck a chord, as the thread is full of like-minded players echoing their points of view with added gusto.

But before we get into the pros and cons, let’s dig deeper into what the author means by “macros” in this context. Macros refer to a sequence of inputs programmed to be executed in sequence. They’re by no means unique to Apex Legends (hell, I used a lot of macros myself when raising mounts in WoW), but while games like World of Warcraft have built-in macro support, Apex Legends players dive into the local PC files or Steam Big Picture to apply their own scripted sequences.

This means that an Apex player with enough know-how, after just a few minutes looking up what you need to change, can change their in-game inputs to perform certain movement techniques with a far greater success rate than if they did would it be macro-free. In a short video titled “Macros in Apex,” Youtuber OhDough breaks down the full extent of what’s possible in just over two minutes.

As you can imagine, there are two sides to the ongoing argument about the fairness of macros. On the one hand you have those who are strongly opposed to the use of macros, claiming that they are inherently unfair since only a portion of Apex Legends’ player base is capable of using these macros. If you’re a console player with crossplay enabled and come across a PC player with edited cfg files, you probably won’t be able to perform the same movement techniques as them. You will be slower and at a disadvantage. Sure, you could just turn crossplay off if it bothers you that much, but should anyone really need to resort to it at all?

However, the use of macros is not unknown to the Apex Legends team. The use of macros is expressly prohibited in all forms of Apex Legends Global Series events, alongside Strike Packs, which also provide an unfair advantage over the competition. So it’s clear that the developers feel they’re no good when it comes to the pinnacle of competitive play. Additionally, they’ve historically removed certain movement techniques, though they also appear to offer an unfair advantage. If they wanted to prevent players from using macros in regular Apex games, surely they would, right?

Well it’s difficult. For one, it’s a tricky thing to fully stomp out. You could probably make it so that customizing local files that affect gameplay is off the table, but what about hardware with extra buttons and its own built-in macro capabilities? How do you ban someone with a fancy mouse or controller? If you can’t, what’s stopping players from just using those instead? What about rebinding keys in Steam Big Picture mode?

So we remain in this weird limbo where macros are absolutely still lurking around Apex, incredibly unpopular with the community, but still present. They may one day be crushed altogether, but for now they remain in that murky gray area between what’s allowed and what’s clearly out of line.

For more Apex Legends content, check out our Newcastle Skills breakdown, as well as our rundown of Apex Legends Season 13 changes and additions here! The Apex Legends macro cheating debate rages on

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