Respawn CEO Responds to Recent Apex Legends Controversy, Says Devs Crossed a Line

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In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on Apex Legends news, a recent controversy has happened over the weekend where Respawn devs interacted with the community rather harshly due to an issue regarding the Iron Crown Collection event.

Today, Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, addressed this Apex Legends controversy by issuing a message to fans regarding what happened.

On Friday, we gave Apex fans an update on how we were changing the Iron Crown event, Some of the team then joined a discussion with our community on Reddit, and things got to a pretty bad place. Some of our folks crossed a line with their comments, and that’s not how we want Respawn to be represented. I apologize to any of our fans that were offended. I will always stand behind the team here at Respawn and support them on speaking out against some of the toxic and nasty comments being directed at them, including everything from death threats to comments aimed at their family and loved ones. But we shouldn’t contribute to it when we do comment, and add to the very thing we want to prevent. We need to lead by example. Last week we didn’t do that, and going forward we will be better. Having an open, healthy relationship with our community is incredibly important to all of us at Respawn.

While I don’t approve of gamers name-calling devs and expecting them to be OK with it, Zampella has a point in that they themselves shouldn’t add to the toxicity, which is what happened this weekend.

Let’s hope this is all behind us and Respawn can focus on making games, and the community treats everyone with more respect.

In other Apex Legends news, a new patch has been released today and it’s to tweak the Iron Crown Collection rewards.

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