Yesterday professional gamer and streamer Ninja decided to try playing Apex Legends during his live stream – a game which he hasn’t played much since it was first released. However, when he tried to load up the game, Ninja discovered he had been banned.
Ninja realized he was banned when he tried to join an Apex Legends match. After trying and failing to join for a second time, he gave up and switched to Dead by Daylight.
“Alright, I’m banned from Apex. What a waste of literally my night right now,” Ninja said, referring to the time he spent downloading a large game update before he attempted to play.
Ninja, his viewers, and the wider Apex Legends community are unsure why he was banned from playing. Some people on the Apex Legends subreddit have speculated that it could be due to trolls mass reporting his account and triggering the ban or related to a virtual private network (VPN) issue but no one has confirmed the actual reason for the ban.
Ninja has reached out to the Apex Legends account on Twitter asking to be unbanned and it replied telling him to check his Direct Messages (DMs) which suggests that the ban may now have been lifted.
Check your DMs ❤️
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) December 16, 2019
However, neither party has yet revealed what actually triggered the ban.
The ban is strange for several reasons. Days ago, Ninja presented the Best Multiplayer Game Award to Apex Legends at The Game Awards 2019. Additionally, Ninja was reportedly paid $1 million to promote Apex Legends when it launched. Ninja also hasn’t played the game much recently which creates further mystery around the ban.