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Those who played Apex Legends yesterday may have noticed a strange message called "Save Titanfall". The message appears in playlists and notifications, and many report that they can not join any other playlists than the hacked one. The playlist in question is also broken, so affected players have not been able to play at all. The message in question points to a website where the motivation for the action is described in more detail. The person or persons behind the website - the hacker claims to have no connection to it - say that Titanfall continues to be sold even though it is "completely unplayable" due to hackers using exploits. Furthermore, they claim that both Electronic Arts and Respawn are fully aware of the problem, but choose to ignore it. The problem in Apex Legends should now be solved, according to Respawn's Twitter account. There, they refer to the event as a "matchmaking problem". On Twitter, most people do not seem to be too upset about what happened, but instead focus on asking for heirloom shards - a currency in the game - as compensation.
After Dice and EA finally unveiled Battlefield 2042, players have had a craving for games with a bit of future touch - BF4 was released in 2013, but takes place in the then so mysterious and semi-futuristic "2020". Thus, many are now rushing to BF4 (at least in the US), so many in fact that EA has been forced to increase server capacity. In a statement, EA's community manager writes that the company is pleased with the attention: "We were absolutely blown away by your excitement and reactions to the recent Battlefield 2042 reveal. Since then, many of you have jumped back into Battlefield 4 to already get a taste of the return to all-out warfare. We've been monitoring your experience and noticed queue times in the US West region were far longer than in other regions. Good news, we've increased server capacity for this region - you can expect less waiting, and more playing." Will you be playing Battlefield 2042?
EA just announced how much money they raised during last year's final quarter. Not entirely unexpectedly, they made some money selling games like FIFA 20 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during the Christmas trade. But what is perhaps most fascinating is that they withdrew nearly one billion dollars in microtransactions during these months. In total, EA raised $ 1.593 billion during this quarter, with $ 361 million of them being profit. Of these $ 1,593 billion, $ 993 million was withdrawn through various microtransactions and live services. A large part of these microtransactions comes from Ultimate Team modes in EA's various sports games, but also from purchases in Apex Legends. For 2019, EA's live services had revenue of $ 2.835 billion.
Earlier this week, it emerged that EA in a toy catalog, which is thus aimed at children, advertised microtransactions in Fifa 21. Now EA is responding to the criticism they have received and admits that the advertisement should not have appeared in Smyth's newspaper to begin with. A statement from Eurogamer said: Despite this, the advertisement has found its way into the newspaper, but EA promises that it will not be seen in additional catalogs that will be distributed during the remainder of 2020. It must also "immediately" have begun to review its routines so that this is not repeated in the future.