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Ninja thinks Apex Legends needs to follow Fortnite’s example to deal with hackers

Published: 13/Mar/2019 14:40 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 16:35

by Calum Patterson


Twitch streamer Tyler ‘Ninja‘ Blevins has weighed in on the issues of hackers and cheats in newly released battle royale Apex Legends, but thinks Fortnite has set a good example for how to deal with them.

Releasing as a surprise on February 4, it didn’t take long for Apex Legends to become a hit. With no pre-release promotion, developers Respawn Entertainment relied on ‘influencers’, like Ninja, to push the game when it launched.

It worked, with 25 million unique players after the first week, and 50 million after the first month, but with such a massively popular, and free-to-play game, cheaters and hackers are almost inevitable.

High damage revolver, Wingman, is the weapon of choice for many Apex Legends hackers.

Apex Legends uses Valve’s source engine, which has been around long enough for cheat-makers to find plenty of ways to introduce hacks.

Respawn say that they have already banned more than 350,000 accounts since the game’s release, but the problem persists, as they try to get to the root of the issue.

Ninja has suggested that like Fortnite, it might take a month or so more before the problem can be treated more effectively.

Currently, Apex Legends players are eagerly awaiting the release of Season 1, which is also expected to bring some major balancing updates.

Presumably, there will also be some attempt at addressing hacking in the game, although Respawn are unlikely to go into any great detail about specific changes, as this would only make the hackers job of creating new cheats easier.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 24/Oct/2020 17:35 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 18:06

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? A location, material, or something else entirely? Here, we’ll put together all the clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

This theory could line up though with the involvement of Hammon Robotics. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.” Is this metal Branthium/Brantium?

Perhaps, Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former. Brantium could be a metal discovered on the planet Branthium? For now, we simply don’t know, but we’ll keep this post updated as more teasers emerge about this mysterious word, and what it could mean.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.