Apex Legends clamps down on “smurfing” in Season 9 with new option to report players

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Dexerto 05 May, 2021 - 07:11am 17 views

What time is new Apex Legends update?

WHEN IS THE APEX LEGENDS UPDATE TIME? Developers Respawn Entertainment has revealed that the Apex Legends update time has been set for Tuesday, May 4, at 6pm GMT. For gamers in North America, Season 9 Legacy of Apex Legends will begin at 10am PST on PS4, Xbox and PC on the same day. FortniteApex Legends update time: Season 9 Legacy release date and Valkyrie patch notes

Apex Legends Season 9 brings with it a whole host of new content. With new Legend Valkyrie taking to the skies and Olympus infested by some bizarre-looking plants, Legacy promises to be a season that we won’t forget in a hurry.

Part of the new update, though, is combatting cheating. One of Apex’s devs confirmed that upgrades were being made to the game’s anti-cheat systems to stamp out illegal player activity.

One of the changes already introduced is a new function to report ‘smurfing’ in games. And, it could actually be a big help to stopping cheaters too.

If there’s been some foul play in your games, you should go ahead and report the offensive player. When you bring up the “report” menu, there are several options to choose from.

The newest of these is “smurfing,” an option that hasn’t existed prior to Season 9. It stands apart from the rest of the options, which focus more on hacking exploits.

But, the purpose of this new option may not actually be to clamp down on smurfs, as much as it is to help find real cheaters.  Games such as League of Legends have allowed players to report others for smurfing for a long time, freeing up time for reports of physical cheating to be looked at.

It’s likely that in the past, when Apex players have suspected smurfs in their game, they may have used the ‘cheating’ option to report them – which might inundate Respawn with reports that don’t actually relate to cheaters.

Having smurfing under a separate category will always divide players, especially those who believe that it belongs under the banner of cheating.

As for smurfing specifically, it’s unclear what action, if any, will be taken against players using second accounts to play easier opponents. It’s a grey area in many games, and a controversial topic among players too, as some argue there’s nothing wrong with playing on multiple accounts.

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Apex Legends servers are recovering after a Season 9 player surge

PC Gamer 05 May, 2021 - 02:01pm

Apparently enthusiasm levels are high for the new season.

Respawn says these services are starting to come back online too, so keep on trying if you're still experiencing issues.

Marketplace services and unlocked characters are beginning to come back online. Will update again when services seem to be fully operational.May 4, 2021

"We're working through some service issues in @playapex at the moment due to high demand," reads Respawn's latest tweet. "We're on top of it and will get players into games as quickly as we can!" 

We're working through some service issues in @playapex at the moment due to high demand. We're on top of it and will get players into games as quickly as we can!May 4, 2021

There's no ETA quite yet on when servers will recover, but hopefully "as quickly as we can" is a matter of minutes and not hours. Maybe I'm not helping but repeatedly closing and launching the game hoping for something to change, though pretty much every Apex streamer is doing the same hopeful cycle. 

The last time I tried to get in, the game finally triggered the Season 9 Legacy cutscene before promptly telling me there were "no servers found." Kind of an eerie way to put it, EA.

This is hardly an isolated problem for big battle royale games. Recently, Call of Duty: Warzone suffered from clogged servers during its scheduled nuke event—we couldn't even participate for the first 90 minutes.

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Apex Legends Season 9 draws over 300k peak players on Steam alone

Gamesradar 05 May, 2021 - 02:01pm

Looks like this season is Apex Legends' most popular yet

Our "current players" charts still sort of look like an ongoing cardiac arrest but by God we're setting records on Apex Legends today pic.twitter.com/isALQ8tLLMMay 5, 2021

Apex Legends Season 9 didn't just introduce a permanent new mode, but added a new Legend named Valkyrie with wild new abilities, a bow, and map updates. 

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