Apex Legends pro Jacob ‘HisWattson’ McMillin has been hit with a temporary account ban that appears to have been handed out for a chat message.
FURIA pro HisWattson has garnered a reputation in the Apex Legends community for his outspoken attitude when it comes to cheaters, the meta, and the overall direction of Respawn’s battle royale.
While this has landed him in trouble in the past, it’s also one of the reasons why he’s such a popular figure among the player base.
Well, HisWattson has been punished once again but this time with a temporary account.
HisWattson receives a 3-day Apex Legends account ban
Taking to Twitter on March 8, HisWattson revealed that EA had hit his account with a 3-day ban for violating “EA’s terms of service”.
This left Wattson extremely confused, with the pro simply tweeting “I don’t really know what just happened”.
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Unfortunately, the ban didn’t come with an explanation, but a Reddit thread discussing the incident on r/CompetitiveApex revealed that “they found out during scrims that he caught an automated ban for a joking exchange with Xera during ranked (typed f**k you in response to Xera’s big fan comment in chat).”
This was later confirmed by Wattson on Twitter, who was clearly frustrated that the insult was intended as a joke towards a teammate, as he was “in a 3 stack”.
Either way, the automatic detection system in the chat picked up on his comment and handed out a 72-hour ban to his account.
This has sparked a wider debate in the comments of the tweet over whether such harsh suspensions should be handed out for typing insults in the chat.
For now, Wattson will just have to wait out the punishment and can jump back onto his account in 3 days.