ESPN’s X Games Brings Back eSports, Apex Legends to Headline

Look, I understand that eSports are wildly popular, even though they are not my cup of tea because I’m an old fart and been gaming since the caveman days.

ESPN however are looking to cash in on the wild popularity of eSports and are bringing them back to the X Games after a three year hiatus and Apex Legends will headline.

20 teams from around the world will compete for a pot worth $150,000, with qualifiers starting on June 29. The finals will take place August 2-3 in Minneapolis. The events will be televised live and a final highlights show will air on ESPN 2.

eSports have sure come a long way. In the past, this event would have been relegated to ESPN The “Ocho”

Respawn Hammers Down on Piggy-Backing POS in Apex Legends

Piggy-backers. You’ve encountered these scum before. Players who join competitive team matches, but do jack shit, letting their teammates do all the hard work while they suck up the XP. Screw these MF-ers.

Well Respawn is dropping the hammer on piggy-backers with temp bans. For habitual piggy-backers and extreme cases, expect perma bans.

From Respawn via Reddit:

“Piggy-backing is when a player drafts off other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster but doesn’t actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a weapon, fire a shot, don’t deal any damage, etc]
We had been seeing some feedback from players around this and have been doing some internal investigations looking at game data to understand how many of the matches being played are affected by this behavior.

After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior.”

[Source: Reddit]