Respawn is cracking down on “Piggy-Backing” in Apex Legends and will ban players who utilize the technique that involves players not actually participating in a match but using their teammates to “carry them to a good position and level up faster.”
Jayfresh, Respawn’s community manager, took to Reddit to give some updates to issues the team is currently working on for Apex Legends, including the aforementioned Piggy-Backing.
According to Respawn, Piggy-Backing is “when a player drafts off other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster but doesn’t actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a weapon, fire a shot, don’t deal any damage, etc].”
Respawn investigated how many matches were being affected by this behavior and decided that it is a prevalent issue that warrants “instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban.”
There is no word on when these bans will begin taking place, but Respawn wanted to give its player base a heads up before they bring out the Banhammer.
The update by Respawn also discussed hit registration issues, slow mo at start of matches, audio problems, PS4 crashes after the 1.0.8 update and more.
Respawn also recently addressed its update plans and that while it is “100% committed to the long-term growth of Apex Legends,” it values the health of its team and puts a “focus on quality of content over novelty or speed of release.”
With all that being said, it did reveal that we would be seeing the reveal of Season 2 of Apex Legends at EA Play during E3.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who wants a Banhammer. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.