After hours of grinding, sliding and perfecting your hip-firing, you've finally made it to the upper echelons of Apex Legends' ranked mode... only to have six guns facing you instead of three.
That's what happened to several players this week, as clips emerged on the r/apexlegends subreddit showing some shady behaviour from some of the game's best players. In the videos, top players such as Xynoa and Skittles (currently ranked 1st and 2nd on the Apex leaderboards) were seen allegedly teaming with enemy squads in order to ensure a strong finish in the ranked mode.
The #1 and #2 Apex predators Xynoa and Skittles caught 6 man teaming on EU servers from r/apexlegends
6 Predators Teaming on Xbox. Take action immediately so legit players can earn a rightful spot. Multiple of them are even top 10. One threatened to boot me offline. More below. from r/apexlegends
Although the name is somewhat self-explanatory, teaming is the act of joining forces with another squad to give yourself an artificial advantage in a battle royale. For the victims, it's like being constantly third-partied. Considering only the top 500 players can attain Apex's predator rank, it's been particularly grating for Apex fans to watch teaming from the game's supposed best players.
Enraged by the teaming, members of the Apex Legends community contacted Respawn developers over Twitter, and senior designer Chin Xiang Chong has now responded to say the developer will investigate (thanks, Dot Esports). "We see the articles and the claims and will take appropriate action after doing appropriate investigations," he said.
I know this is probably not the answer you're looking for RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW but:— Chin Xiang Chong (@tangentiallogic) May 13, 2020
Yes, we see the articles and the claims and will take appropriate action after doing appropriate investigations.
It may not be a definitive answer on what will happen to the alleged teamers, but it's at least reassuring to see the perpetrators will be held to account.
This isn't the first time Apex has encountered teaming issues, as the game's limited-time solo mode also made it easy to group up back in August last year. We tested it for research purposes only, I swear.