If you look at all the big battle royale games at the moment, Apex Legends is the only one that really focuses on being a co-op game at its core. Rather than making its default mode about single players taking each other on, it focuses on combat with three person squads, which makes it all the more aggravating when you pair with an inactive player.
Sometimes an inactive player can be innocent – perhaps they had to run and answer the front door unexpectedly mid match. Sometimes a player will be active, but just not playing very well. The problem arises, however, when players regularly leave their game open and running, entering matches but not actually playing them, hoping to grab some free XP. These are the players that developer Respawn is hoping to weed out over the coming weeks and months.
Announced via a Reddit post, the developer is looking to get rid of these players by issuing bans, both temporary and later permanent. So if you routinely enter matches and don't pick up a single weapon, fire a single bullet, or do any damage, Respawn is coming for you:
After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior.
It's currently unclear how easy it might be to circumvent this ban. Respawn has taken the step of detailing what it constitutes as piggybacking, so could a player simply pick up a gun, shot someone once, then run into the bushes and piggyback the rest of the match still?
We have reached out to Respawn for clarification regarding the specifics of this upcoming anti-piggybacking change. My biggest question is, if someone like my mum tries to pick up the game and can't work out how to shoot someone properly, is she likely to get banned while learning how dual analogue controllers work?