Data miners and leakers are a good source of upcoming changes in most games. Apex Legends writer Tom Casiello had something to say to them.
Apex Legends is currently in its fifth season but the majority of playable characters were leaked back in season one. A major part of those legends has already been released into the game while others are still in development. We wouldn’t have known any of that if it wasn’t for the hard-working Apex Legends data miners. While leaks are not always 100% true they’re certainly entertaining and foreshadow of what might be next.
There’s someone who disagrees with that and we totally understand why. Apex Legends writer Tom Casiello has had enough of leakers as he slammed them publicly on Twitter.
Casiello ended his supposed rant by saying that’s his own personal opinion and he doesn’t reflect Respawn Entertainment or EA.
Here's also the full text:
Okay, let’s get serious for a second. I need to make something clear: if your purpose on the Internet is to spoil and leak things to fans ahead of time, and who cares if they glance past your half-assed “spoiler alert” in the first line, I have zero use for you, and you will be blocked. Maybe some of my colleagues have a higher tolerance for this kind of thing. But I’ve been dealing with these selfish little twits hungry for Internet infamy for 25 years. First in soaps (one guy dug through trash for our scripts)then in wrestling (they’d just make stuff up if they couldn’t get the scoop!), and now with Apex. The writing team works damn hard to keep a relentless schedule of reveals and plot twists and beats meticulously spread out over the a week, a month, a year. And you ruin it for thousands of people in ten seconds, all for a lousy “like” or “follow”. So I want to be really direct here: I think you’re small. And my policy is usually to ignore you. But don’t assume my silence is a sign of my approval. In fact while I know “no one’s hurt” and it’s “not that big of a deal” in the grand scheme of things (and it’s not), it does speak volumes that you’re so desperate for attention, you’ll ruin other people’s fun if it means folks know your screen name. I think that’s pretty freaking shitty, if we’re being honest. I’m not interested in anything else you have to say on this subject, or any other subject. And I damn sure have no use for you on my timeline.
Most of the players expressed their support and shared Tom’s opinion. Casiello has tons of experience behind his back and he’s most famous as a soap opera and WWE writer. He’s also the mind behind the lore in Apex Legends. In the PvE mode released with Season five, there are weekly quests which once completed reward the player with a few minutes of backstory. Casiello is certainly responsible for those and leakers did him wrong by spoiling what’s ahead.
Some people argued that there are different types of leaks and while some reveal plot and story elements others focus entirely on gameplay. The Apex writer also compared leakers to cheaters and said they’re the sort of people fishing for attention on the internet. Is he partially right? Yes. Is that true for all of them? Definitely no. There are leakers who genuinely love Respawn’s battle royale and do their best to avoid story spoilers. Others don’t take such precautions. As we mentioned earlier leaks and Apex Legends go hand to hand since season one and at this point, a lot of people see them as something normal. Some miners like that1miningguy have stepped down and no longer do any leaks for the popular battle royale. Whether others will soon follow his example after the writer's rant remains to be seen.
What do you think? Should leaks be non-existent or are they an integral part of keeping the hype for the game alive?