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Why was Ninja banned in Apex Legends?

Published: 06:24, 17 December 2019
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DJ Marshmello and Ninja getting ready for the tournament
DJ Marshmello and Ninja

Fans of popular streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins were treated to a pretty awkward scene recently, as his attempt to log into Apex Legends was met with a notification of his account being banned. He seems to have set things straight with Respawn but the reason is still unclear.

Respawn's Twitter account was advertising Mirage's Holo-Day Giveaway, where users get a chance to win some prizes for retweeting, but it looks like a single comment from Ninja did enough to derail the discussion from Apex winnings. 

The exchange between Ninja and Respawn was quite brief, and it appears as if the ban was fixed. Note that this assumption is purely based on the heart emoji next to the message to check his DMs rather than anything that was said later.

Ironically enough, Ninja was the host that gave Respawn the Best Multiplayer Game at The Game Awards just a few days ago, so the ban is peculiar, to say the least. He's not exactly been regular in Apex Legends either, which sort of rules out him using the alt-f4 RP-saving method that led to bans for Ranked players  this way.

Neither Ninja nor Respawn seem interested in giving any clarification on what exactly happened here, but the community reactions are quite polarised. Some think that he's just a victim of a mass-report prank, while others go as far as to suggest that he was stream sniping or even cheating, which sounds a bit over the top. Quite a bit, in fact.

Suggesting that Ninja would stake his reputation and his livelihood to win an Apex Legends match is indeed ludicrous, even more so considering it's far from his main game of choice. There is, however, the added irony of this being an occasion where he wasn't paid to promote Respawn's battle royale, but so far it's more likely to hurt Apex than Ninja. 

You can find the stream in question here (the ban is around 6:34:50 mark).

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