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Respawn CEO responds to recent Apex Legends controversy

Published: 10:30, 21 August 2019
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All sorts of accusations were flung recently over Iron Crown Collection cosmetics from Apex Legends, which were widely regarded as overpriced, and it all resulted in a huge drama that Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella is hoping to clear up.

In case you didn't catch it, the discussion over the overpriced Iron Crown cosmetics turned quite heated, not to mention personal.

If you did hear of it, you probably heard that many Apex Legends players were called "freeloaders" in the process, although we have to be fair and mention that this particular word was followed up with "(and we love that!)" - a bit of context that, surprisingly, not many care to mention. 

Nevertheless, everything blew up bigtime to the point where Respawn's CEO Vince Zampella posted an official reply, hoping to defuse the situation somewhat.

"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", he said.

At the same time, Zampella stressed that he's fully behind his team in situations where individuals think insults and threats to devs' wellbeing is the right course.

"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", he added.

According to Zampella, Apex Legends' team should be leading by example and doing all in their power not to contribute to toxicity and the type of discourse they're trying to prevent.

He expressed hope that the Apex Legends community and the devs can put this behind them, and continue to build an "open, healthy" relationship.

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As for Apex Legends, the game's latest patch seems to have focused on cosmetics alone, as Respawn said they'll be rotating "all twelve of the event-exclusive Legendary items into the store over the course of the final week of the event for the regular Legendary skin cost of 1,800 Apex Coins."

You can find Zampella's response

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