A number of Apex Legends pro players have accused others of ‘sabotaging’ their chances of winning an international event by messing with settings before games.
Despite launching to massive acclaim and popularity back in February, Apex hasn’t quite been able to make its mark in the esports scene. Top organizations like 100 Thieves, NRG esports, and Team Liquid all have active squads, but it’s not quite hit the heady heights set by its most direct rival in Fortnite.
Yet, Respawn Entertainment and EA are running tournaments between some of the top teams. However, their latest event - the Apex Pre-Season Invitational in Poland - has stirred some controversy between players in attendance who have accused others of purposely messing up settings before matches.
The situation was brought to light by Team SoloMid’s Jordan ‘Reps’ Wolfe, who tweeted out a warning to his fellow pros who were in action on the second day.
“Double check all your settings if you are playing today at Poland,” he tweeted. “Teams that are done playing have been changing tons of settings on windows, monitors etc to screw over other teams.” Wolfe then followed up with an explanation of the settings he had run into.
“I highly doubt these pro players play on 60hz with mouse accel on and windows sens maxed and with all the monitor settings changed to be all blurry :)”
I highly doubt these pro players play on 60 hz with mouse accel on and windows sens maxed and with all the monitor settings changed to be all blurry :)
— TSM_Reps:first_place_medal:Poland WIN (@TSM_Reps) September 14, 2019
It wasn’t just Reps who run into the issues, however, as Pittsburgh Knights star Tyler ‘Sickks’ Clark said that he had also witnessed the problems.
He tweeted: “Disgusting. Can confirm though. @turnzgg was on 60 Hz also. Saw it right before we started.”
Disgusting. Can confirm though. @turnzgg was on 60 Hz also. Saw it right before we started.
— Sickks (@PK_Sickks) September 14, 2019
Former Overwatch professional-turned Apex Legends player Lucas ‘Mendokusaii’ Håkansson noted that he had also warned Team Liquid players about the possibility of underhanded tricks beforehand.
“It’s funny how I went over this exact scenario with my boys and told them to watch out for it,” he said. “Who would have thought inviting 80 teams wouldn’t get the highest caliber teams :) Shared PCs are also a huge security risk :)”
It’s funny how I went over this exact scenario with my boys and told them to watch out for it. Who would have thought inviting 80 teams wouldn’t get the highest caliber teams :)
Shared PCs are also a huge security risk :)
— Liquid Someone (@Mendo) September 14, 2019
With the Preseason Invitational set to conclude on September 15, it remains to be seen if EA is able to root out the possible problems before the event’s finals.
Either way, you can catch all the action from the remainder of the tournament with our dedicated stream hub.