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New Apex Legends exploit lets players quit ranked with no penalty

Published: 25/Mar/2020 15:44

by Calum Patterson

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Despite Respawn’s best efforts at stopping ‘dashboarders’ in Apex Legends, a new exploit has been found, allowing players to avoid incurring any penalties for dipping out of ranked matches early.

Ranked Play in Apex is meant to test players’ true skill level, and reward them with prestigious ranks and rewards for climbing up the tiers.

Of course, for this system to work, it’s crucial that the game can accurately record and track a player’s performance. When Ranked play was first introduced, some exploiters found ways of exiting a match without the game tracking score or receiving a penalty, also known as ‘dashboarding.’

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Dashboarding is used to game the system and avoid penalties in Apex Legends ranked play.

Although it was effective at first, the developers quickly took a harsh stance on it, issuing bans and other penalties for players caught dashboarding.

But, following the launch of the second split of Ranked Series 3, it appears a new way to dashboard has been discovered, and if not fixed soon, could run rampant.

Exposed by Reddit user u/ChangeThisXBL, it’s shown that after entering a ranked match and then using the ‘return to main menu’ option, they can safely quit out of the match, and incur no abandonment penalty whatsoever.

This will be an issue that Respawn aim to iron out very quickly before more cheaters exploit it and ruin ranked play for everyone else.

Given the harsh stance they’ve taken against dashboarding in the past, it’s possible the developers issue retrospective punishment for anyone caught using this, so we strongly recommend resisting the temptation to do it yourself.

The post has already garnered significant attention, and so it should be on Respawn’s radar very soon, if not already. Although you can report players you suspect of dashboarding, developer Eric Hewitt said in January that they can identify these cheaters themselves.

He also confirmed “judgment day” was coming for these cheaters, and it looks like another judgment day might be in order if more people start using this new exploit.

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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.