Apex Legends pro HisWattson under fire over leaked messages to hacker and “hating” Respawn dev

Calum Patterson
HisWattson at ALGS

One of the top Apex Legends pro players and streamers, Jacob ‘HisWattson’ McMillin, has come under scrutiny from the community after a series of leaked messages he sent to a notorious hacker and leaker.

HisWattson was signed to Furia’s professional roster ahead of the ALGS World Championship 2022, where they finished second, and HisWattson was named MVP.

However, as well as his skill in the game, McMillin has also earned a reputation for speaking out about the game itself, and has had public spats with Respawn developers in the past.

On September 5, tensions between HisWattson and Respawn sparked again. He complained that the security team for Apex Legends was unavailable on weekends, leaving him unable to stream due to targeted attacks against his games.

Sparking debate with his post, other professional players and streamers argued that he wasn’t being fair, and that it can’t be expected for developers to work weekends for the sake of one player’s issue.

“The devs have lives too,” said streamer Nokokopuffs. “99% of people with your problem would have to submit a ticket and wait/play a game of email tag. Waiting 1-2 days isn’t so bad.”

HisWattson messages to hacker leaked

The following day, a hacker and leaker in the Apex community shared a screenshot of messages that HisWattson had sent, asking for help with the attacks on his games.

“I just know you’re a shady dataminer guy and you responded to both my tweets while not following so I thought you might know what’s going if it’s malicious,” he asked the leaker.

When the leaker responded that he should ask Respawn developer ‘Hideouts’, HisWattson responded “I hate hideouts too and I want to clown him on Twitter.”

HisWattson responded to confirm the messages were real, and doubled down on his comments. “All of what I said is public information. I hate EA. I hate hideouts (but I usually only go after him specifically when he says something first).”

It also appears that the hacker/leaker admits to being responsible for, or having knowledge of, the attacks against HisWattson’s matches.

Former Apex Legends pro Snip3down slammed HisWattson for the messages. “Going out of your way to reach out to a known cheater, asking him to help you to ‘mutually benefit’ by fueling your dislike towards EA and a specific member of their team specifically to flame them publicly is 100% out of pocket.”

TSM member Albralelie said HisWattson was “speed running a ban from EA sanctioned events.”

“You seriously need to start thinking through what you’re doing man.”

EA, Respawn, and Hideouts himself have not responded to the leaked messages or response from HisWattson.

About The Author

Calum is Dexerto's Managing Editor, based in Scotland. Joining Dexerto in 2017, Calum has years of experience covering esports, gaming and online entertainment, and now leads the team to deliver the best coverage in these areas. An expert on all things Twitch and gaming influencers, he's also an expert in popular shooters like Apex Legends, CS2 and Call of Duty. You can contact Calum at calum.patterson@dexerto.com.