And they would. So… have fun with that?
Taking the position that cheating in a multiplayer game isn’t a big deal is an interesting hill to die on, but go for it. You wont find many sympathetic players since nearly everyone who plays a multiplayer game, especially a competitive one wants cheaters banned forever. When companies ignore the problem they leave the game and trash said company’s reputation. Rightfully, imo.
Edit: And for apples to apples, cheating nearly killed PubG. Hell, it might have killed it, not many people play the game anymore. If Fortnite lets cheaters cheat… well Apex will enjoy the increase to their playerbase and the money I’m sure.
Personally if I’m playing a game and cheating happens, I’m probably done with that game forever. I might come back months later if people say they fixed it, but probably not. That’s lost revenue. I’m not alone.
A recent survey by security company Irdeto found that 60% of online games were negatively impacted by cheaters and 77% of players said they will stop playing if they think competitors are cheating.
Losing 3/4th of you playerbase is death for your game, probably your company and you’ll likely be unemployed soon. Or you know, you could just let them do it, who cares, right?