Respawn Entertainment has revealed it has handed down a ban wave against players who exploited the six-man-ranked exploit in Arena mode.
This news comes from an tweet published by Apex Legends security analyst, Connor “Hideouts” Ford, to his verified Twitter account on Tuesday, Jan. 25. According to Ford, over 500 players have been banned at varying degrees of severity for “abusing” an Arenas exploit that allowed for a six-man team to illicitly make their way up the Ranked leaderboards.
Respawn Bans Over 500 Ranked Players on Xbox and PlayStation
The official count from Ford is 568 split between the two popular consoles, PlayStation and Xbox, with the former far outnumbering the latter at a ratio of almost 4:1. 466 PlayStation players were banned in contrast to Xbox’s 102.
It’s worth noting that these bans were not all uniform. According to Ford, “varying lengths” were used in these bans—likely according to exploit severity and account history. That is to say: accounts with a long history of abusing issues may find themselves permanently removed from Apex Legends.
PC could be experiencing its own, unique ban wave, due to its absence in this somewhat-informal report. Players can expect the PC ban-hammer to be brought down any day now. DBLTAP cannot confirm any numbers at the time of writing.
This should come as a warning to those interested in abusing future exploits for their own gain. Respawn tends to keep a much closer eye on illicit behavior in Apex Legends as compared to other studios with other competitive titles—especially when it comes to Ranked and/or professional gameplay.