Things are going so great for Battle Royale fans on Xbox -- reports are growing of an exploit being used to intentionally crash Apex Legends Xbox servers.
Apex Legends is no stranger to exploits and hacks, just like any other popular multiplayer game. Hackers have previously figured out a way to dual wield guns, and the game's servers were held hostage by hackers nearly a year ago. Now, it seems a new Xbox exploit is gaining popularity -- and a handful of people are using it to crash servers.
Why the Apex Legends Xbox Servers Exploit is a Problem
As GameSpot reports, hints of this exploit affecting Apex Legends Xbox servers have been floating around for the last week or so. It seems that these complaints may have flown under the radar -- after all, Apex Legends usually has server stability issues at the launch of a new Battle Pass.
That all changed when Twitch streamer Awhylyssa allegedly used the exploit after losing a game as seen in the video below.
Understandably, appearing to blatantly crash a server on purpose is not well-received by players of the game. Discussion of the incident on Reddit is almost entirely negative, as is another discussion thread purporting to show proof of two other players deliberately crashing servers.
Crashing Apex Legends Xbox servers is certainly an inconvenience for casual players, but things get worse for competitive -- a crashed server causes no loss to RP (Ranked Points). Unscrupulous individuals can (and likely already have) crash servers in order to preserve their ranking, putting the validity of an entire season's rankings into question.
For now, it seems that this exploit is only doable on the Xbox ecosystem. Respawn Entertainment has yet to publicly comment on the issue; hopefully, the increased attention from this most recent incident with a Twitch streamer will result in a fix. You can play Apex Legends for free on PC and consoles right now, and you can pre-register for the Apex Legends mobile launch before it arrives on May 17, 2022.