A group of high-ranking Apex Legends players were recently accused of grouping up illegally in order to mutually boost their matchmaking rating.
Among those accused are Xynoa and Skittles, who are the top two Apex Legends players in the world across all platforms.
The expose comes from a recent post on Reddit, which has drawn attention to a considerable degree of cheating at Predator rank, specifically highlighting a phenomenon known as six-man-teaming. Essentially, players pal up with another team in order to boost their chance of success, affording them a squad twice the size of every other trio in the match. Check out the Reddit post below, which features video footage of their six-man-team.
Reddit users in the comments are not exactly surprised, with one user stating that the pair have been known to keep each other’s streams open while playing so they can each benefit from twice the amount of visual information at any given time.
“I got Predator season one,” writes another commenter. “Season two rolls around and all I see is people disconnecting so they don’t lose points. Cheating is prolific, and I’ve seen more than a handful of plays on US EAST at Predator level where it’s a bit suss that the top teams aren’t fighting each other. Maybe they’ve had each other’s streams up this whole time. Amazing.”
Apparently one of the players in question, Need A Soda, is a prolific cheater who is well-known in competitive Apex Legends circles for boosting their way to Predator on several occasions.
A senior designer at Respawn has since taken to Twitter in order to confirm that they are currently investigating claims and will take “appropriate action” as necessary. Check out the tweet below.
I know this is probably not the answer you're looking for RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW but:
Yes, we see the articles and the claims and will take appropriate action after doing appropriate investigations.
— Chin Xiang Chong (@tangentiallogic) May 13, 2020