Apex Legends fans deserved every word of Respawn’s apology, but let’s not kid ourselves. EA is the REAL villain. | Source: EA
The apology was long overdue – and desperately needed – given the mudslinging that took place in the last couple of days.
However, let’s not kid ourselves. The real villain is EA – not Respawn Entertainment.
Respawn Apologizes After Lashing Out at ‘Nasty’ Critics
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) August 19, 2019
Zampella kept a cool head in the note, apologizing to Apex Legends fans without throwing his team under the bus.
“I will always stand behind the team…and support them on speaking out against…the toxic and nasty comments being directed at them,” he wrote. “But we shouldn’t contribute to it when we do comment, and add to he very thing we want to prevent.”
As CCN reported, the entire incident was sparked by an unknown developer known only as dk05.
After several negative comments appeared on the Reddit thread in question, dk05 snapped. He or she lambasted several gamers, characterizing them as “a**-hats” and “d*cks.”
Gamers Head For the Trenches
Responses to the apology could not be more divided, as players picked a side and dug in for the ongoing Twitter flamewar.
One user even called for Zampella to fire the employee in question, which seems excessive considering that developers are humans too. The trend of gamers turning to threats when not getting what they want is a burgeoning industry concern.