I'm with you, sort of. I answered "I am playing games" and was marked wrong because I was focused on the audio and missed the "ek".
After reading your post and playing the audio back, yes, I can hear the "ek".
But only because I was listening for it.
IMO it's a good question because it's good ear training. The "ek" was there, and I imagine a more fluent speaker than I would've picked it up on the first try. Hopefully next time I listen to audio like this and don't bother reading the text, I'll get it right.