A couple of top Apex Legends ranked players (or Apex Predators) have been banned by developer Respawn Entertainment for a DDoS attack on an Xbox server. They will not be able to play the game again, so they’re the ones with the denial of service now. Ahh, irony.
A few videos showed up on the Apex Legends subreddit in which an in-progress game crashed after an Apex Predator was knocked down. After the server reconnected, the downed player was revived and standing over the player who knocked them down. The fourth and sixth ranked players in the match were accused of performing the “disturbed denial of service” (DDoS) attack that overloaded the servers.
The two Apex Legends players usernames were not unveiled. However, according to Respawn security analyst Conor “Hideouts” Ford, the two have been banned.
It appears DDoSing is a serious issue in Apex Legends on console. Some users have reported frequent attacks that result in timed penalties and a loss of reputation points because of server disconnects.
Respawn plans on prepping a “console reckoning” for those who are using DDoS attacks in Apex Legends. Ford said on Twitter that cheaters “can’t hide any” of these attacks.