Respawn Entertainment took to Twitter this week a statement Condemning the “increased harassment” of its employees due to the multitude of issues plaguing the popular battle royale shooter Apex Legends.
In the statement, Respawn said that while it “loves hearing feedback” from the community, attacking developers is not healthy constructive criticism. The studio went on to say it will work to foster “a respectful, collaborative environment” for its staff and players. “We welcome input from the community, but the line between providing constructive feedback and harassing our development team shouldn’t be crossed,” Respawn said. “We want to remind our players that we have a zero tolerance policy towards threats and harassment from our developers. We will take appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of our team.”
A live service game that exists within the titanium fall Universe, Apex Legends has undergone a number of changes in the three years it has been on the market. New game modes, more playable characters, additional loadout options – the battle royale shooter isn’t what it used to be, although the bones have largely remained same. As is usual in game development, things break when new things are introduced. The audio has for example apparently blown up for years. Matchmaking has frustrated the community so much Casual players and pros started blaming each other for ruining the game. Then there are the bugs that affect everything exploration to hit detection. in summary, Apex Legends is in a constant state of adaptation while Respawn irons out the game’s problems.
But while Respawn can be aware of that Variety of concern problems Apex Legends, that hasn’t stopped hardcore Stans from demanding that the team fix things now, not later. Across the web, from Twitter to the game’s official subreddit, there have been complaints from players pressuring Respawn, “do not act like that” The game works well. This is a vocal community. It’s full of people willing to break into the developers just doing their jobs. I mean there is a whole Reddit Post citing “eligible” players. Honestly, aIsn’t that the truth?
While years of harassment have prompted Respawn to make this statement, some in the tweets Mentions pointed to Apex Legends Content Creator Jacob “HisWattson” McMillin as a potential culprit. An outspoken Twitch streamer and Apex Legends professional for the US department of the Brazilian sports organization furyHisWattson was allegedly caught saying he “hates” Apex Legendis chief of security Conor “Hideouts” Ford included in DMs earlier this month Apex Legends Hacker AutismGaming. After screenshots came to light, EA then reportedly blacklisted HisWattson from tournaments, possibly because of its language. HisWattson made his intentions clear in responses to his tweets saying he’s “not just going to bang around [EA/Respawn] on Twitter” and that his choice of words was “bad” because he was angry. Quiet, People didn’t take too kindly to HisWattson express openly its supposedly hate developers.
And that’s the thing: you don’t have to say you “hate” the people who make games to criticize the game itself. Developing games is hard enough as it is, with shareholders holding people’s throats and imposing impossible deadlines on executives to line executives’ pockets at the expense of their employees’ well-being. amass developers, attacks her for things out of their control, right? Seriously guys really need to learn to relax and have some respect for others.
kotaku has reached out to HisWattson and Respawn for comment.