Respawn Entertainment announced plans Tuesday to punish Apex Legends players who have abused the so-called 'dashboarding' exploit.
Dashboarding refers to dodging a game of Apex Legends by quitting out of the game by closing the application entirely. This technique allows users to leave a match without suffering the penalties typically associated with queue dodging, such as a hit to their ranking or a matchmaking timeout.
Players used this exploit to avoid matches in which they had a chance of losing, thereby artificially protecting their ranks.
Writing on Twitter, Apex Legends senior systems designer Eric "Ghost" Hewitt responded to a concerned player's question about the exploit by urging them not to worry.
"hey, no need to report it manually, we can see it on our end," he wrote. "Judgment Day will be coming :)"
"there will be more immediate punishment in the future, just have to get everything lined up appropriately. We care deeply about the ranked experience, so things will be handled soon," he continued in a separate tweet.
Hewitt did not reveal concrete information about when punishments would be distributed.