Around five days ago I reported on Apex Legends doing a ban wave which for the second time hit a bunch of players on Linux and Steam Deck playing it with Proton. Now at least the developer Respawn is looking into it.
While I've been updating the previous article, it's probably a good idea for a fresh report to keep people up to date on what's happening. There's been quite a lot of confirmed reports of bans now, with the majority of which being Linux desktop players but a few who play on Steam Deck were also caught up in it.
My emails to various EA contacts went unanswered, but thankfully a Respawn staff member on the community run, developer supported Reddit replied officially to note: "Updating folks here that the investigation is continuing and we've added this to the Trello for transparency. We'll update that card as more details become available. Cheers for your reports!"
The official Respawn account on X (formerly Twitter) also posted on August 23rd that a number of bans were issued on that day, but no word from either them or EA on X about the Linux bans so it's likely unrelated (unless more bans appear).
Hopefully sometime soon we can find out why it happened, and see the bans getting reversed. Since this is the second time it's happened, hopefully they will also make steps to prevent it happening to non-cheaters so I don't have to report on it for a third time.