Respawn Entertainment released Apex Legends Update 1.71 Thursday afternoon. No official patch notes were released as the patch is rather small. While Arenas was a fantastic addition to the game, leavers were ruining the experience for everyone. Instead of a pleasant 3v3 game mode, players were stuck in 2v3 or 1v3 situations.
Respawn responded with a leaver penalty, but it was buggy from the start. Players were being penalized after leaving a finished team. Respawn responded by removing the feature.
Apex Legends Update 1.71 Re-Enables Leaver Penalties
"Re-enables leaver penalties for Arenas. Fixes some voice chat issues on Switch. Grants all players the aforementioned badge! Leaver penalties may take some time (up to 24 hours) to fully activate. Play on, Legends!"
Respawn warns the changes may take a day to kick in, but we should now see a lot less leavers.