Almost every multiplayer game has its share of cheaters, using hacks and exploits to win by unfair means, just to feel a bit better about themselves. Whether it's an army of bots in Lost Ark or wall hacks in PUBG, these cheaters manage to find a way back despite the devs' best efforts. Respawn's Apex Legends is no different, with some high level players using another kind of exploit to further boost their ranks.
Known as '6-manning', this exploit is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of using hacks or intricate exploits, it simply entails six players in communication with each other jumping into a game together and winning or losing in an orchestrated manner to boost their respective ranks. Respawn Entertainment is working on the issue and has already banned over a thousand high ranking players.
"Ban wave of 1307 users has been dealt out for exploiting Arenas Ranked and "6-manning". Bans range from permanent to 2 weeks depending on abuse amount, tweeted Connor Ford, who works in the moderation department of the game (thanks, VG247). Ford also provided a breakdown of these numbers, of which a majority were on PlayStation, with 520 bans. PC was next with 392, followed by Xbox at 375, and Switch at 20. Of course, there are probably a lot more players out there using this exploit, but this is a decent start by Respawn. Hopefully, the mods figure out a quick and easy way of dealing with the issue permanently.
Not everyone out there's a cheater however, and chances are that you'll come across some friendly and sporting players. Take Apex Legends pro Philip "ImperialHal" Dosen, for instance. Dosen's team was competing in the Apex Legends Global Series for $2 million, when they came upon a player who appeared to be disconnected. Instead of taking the easy kill, Dosen urged his team to stand down. "He 100 percent tabbed out or crashed or something. I don’t know where his teammates are. Don’t shoot them–it’s Scarz," he said to his teammates.
"It’s the least every player can do out here with these issues," said Dosen, replying to the praise his actions received.
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