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Apex Legends players swatted while hosting live tournament

Published: 15/Sep/2019 21:33

by Eli Becht

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A couple streaming on Apex Legends tournament.

A Virginia couple, who go by HisandHersLive on Twitch, hosting an Apex Legends tournament were met with a rude awakening after their house was surrounded by police for over two hours after someone called 911 on them and said a murder took place in their home.

The two streamers, Andrew and Judy Kristensen, were playing the battle royale before being forced out of their home by gunpoint on September 14, according to NBC 12.

They tweeted about the incident after it happened, explaining how that’s “not how we expected to spend our Friday night.”

The couple didn’t even know anything was going on until Andrew received a call from his brother asking about what was going on.

“So, I pick up the phone and it’s my brother and he says, ‘Hey dude, everyone’s looking for you. There are police at your door, you need to go let them in. You’ve been swatted,’” he said.

During the raid on the house, you could see the officers searching the home on the livestream, as everything happened so fast and they had no time to end the stream.

No injuries occurred as a result of this dangerous prank and police currently have no leads on who the person responsible is.

Swatting is when somebody reports a fake crime at an address in an effort to get the police to show up and cause a major inconvenience, and they have the potential to turn deadly. They usually target streamers in an effort to watch the chaos unfold as it happens.

We’ve seen people lose their lives as a result of these pranks in the past, such as the notorious Call of Duty swatting that stemmed from a $1.50 wager and led to the death of a Kansas man.

This Apex Legends swatting comes on the same day Twitch streamer OddKast was swatted in the middle of hosting a podcast and saw police enter and search his home, all while live on stream.

Thankfully, nobody was harmed during this swatting.

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Apex Legends clamps down on teamers ruining ranked play

Published: 4/Dec/2020 2:00 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 2:03

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment have banned top-ranked Apex Legends players on Xbox who were found ‘teaming’ in the competitive playlist, extending the devs’ hard-line approach to cheaters.

Teamers have been prevalent in Apex since the game’s launch. While the war against cheaters has been ongoing, Respawn have shown they’re not afraid to swing the ban hammer once reports start to get out of hand.

For the people who have poured hundreds of hours into the battle royale to reach some of the highest echelons of the Rank ladder, the devs won’t think twice about banning you if you’re caught obstructing Apex’s competitive integrity.

Respawn security team member Conor ‘Hideouts’ Ford has been slamming cheaters of all types with hardware bans, among others, and let over a dozen players know they had their last day on their respective Apex accounts.

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Teamers in Apex Legends have been a problem since before Season 1.

“To the 14 Xbox players who were teaming in high-level Ranked, I hope your time off is more fulfilling and well spent than what you were doing in Apex lol,” Hideouts said.

For those unaware, teaming is the simple act of coordinating with people outside of your squad. While there isn’t any third-party software or extra application in use that cheat detection would pick up, it’s still highly against the framework of a battle royale.

People have teamed since the start of the game to complete challenges, unlock prestigious rewards, and secure incredibly easy wins to add to their record.

If there was ever a doubt that teaming with your friends would result in a ban, Hideouts and co. spare no bans if they get a report with evidence to the infraction.

As Season 7 ramps up through its holiday festivities, Respawn have been really keen on cleaning up the game from every kind of cheater under the sun.

Whether you’re trying to be slick and get away with some light cheating or broadcasting your errant ways on Twitch, the Apex devs have a pretty solid record of tracking down people violating the rules.

As long as Apex Legends has cheaters, the devs will continue to be active in community threads and direct Cheater Report channels to sift out the bad actors.