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Partnered Twitch streamer banned after cheating playing Apex Legends

Published: 8/Mar/2019 0:07 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 9:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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It’s no secret that cheating is becoming a massive problem in Apex Legends, and one partnered Twitch streamer has been banned for using cheats in-game. 

On March 7, a video was posted to the LivestreamFails subreddit that accused Argentine streamer ‘MOBADOS’ of using third-party software to aid him while playing Apex Legends.

The post quickly began to pick up steam with claims that the cheats shown in the video are ‘Aimlock’ and ‘Norecoil’ – as the streamer was able to fire off rounds of bullets into an enemy with incredible precision. 

Respawn EntertainmentThe number of players that Respawn has banned from the game continues to grow.

Those new to in-game cheat terminology, Aimlock is a tracking software that keeps a player’s reticle locked onto a moving target, while Norecoil eliminates virtually all recoil when a weapon is being fired – allowing a player to shoot completely straight.

Now, MOBADOS has been banned by Twitch, despite being a partnered streamer, for utilising the in-game exploits to give himself a leg up on the opposition.

According to the comment section of the Reddit post, this isn’t the first time that MOBADOS has been seen using apparent third-party software to cheat in Apex Legends. A video, which was published a week before this Reddit post, makes it pretty clear to many that the streamer was using both cheats described above.

The evidence becomes further damning when considering that all Twitch clips of him “cheating” have been deleted and reports that any viewer who makes a remark or accusation in his chat gets banned. 

Twitch had granted MOBADOS a partnership, despite the fact that cheating in online games while livestreaming violates their terms of service. They have since u-turned on that

However, the problem of cheating in Apex Legends still remains. Respawn has recently announced positive news on the matter, revealing that an in-game reporting system will be added soon to make it easier to report players using cheats and exploits.

There is no exact date for when the feature will be released – meaning will have to continue to report suspicious activity through the Apex Legends website. 

Yet, it seems that it will take a whole lot more than just an in-game report feature to really fix a problem that has been allowed to grow and become a major issue in the hugely popular title. 

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!