Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has spoken out about what it calls a recent increase in “harassment of our development team members,” warning those responsible that it will “take appropriate steps to ensure [team members’] Health and security”.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in harassment of our development team,” the studio wrote in a statement. statement shared on Twitter. “We welcome feedback from the community, however, the line between constructive feedback and harassment of our development team cannot be crossed.”
“We want to remind our players that we have a zero tolerance policy for threats and harassment from our developers,” the statement continued. “We will take the appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of our team.”
“We love hearing feedback,” Respawn concluded, “and will continue to work alongside our community to foster a respectful and collaborative environment and uphold the competitive integrity of our game.”
Responding to Respawn’s tweet, Destiny developer Bungie, which was forced to take legal action because it took notice of community members who cheated, threatened, and abused their staff. offered solidaritysaying, “Taking a stand against toxicity and bullying requires us all to work together to build healthier communities. We stand with you in that effort.”
Respawn’s statement follows a similar move by God of War developer Santa Monica Studio in July, when, in light of online abuse directed at team members after a Ragnarök release date failed to materialize, reminded the players: “Our fans inspire us, and we understand the passion and desire for more information. But that passion must not be toxic or at the cost of the dignity of any human being.”
All of this comes in a year where developers have been increasingly vocal about the abuse they receive online from so-called fans. In particular, back in July, the likes of The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann (he’s no stranger to online abuse himself), and God of War director Cory Barlog spoke out after Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert temporarily closed his long-running blog after a torrent of toxic responses to the latest game’s art style. As Barlog succinctly told the community, “Show a little respect.”