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Apex Legends Season 8 Ranked Play changes

Apex Legends Season 8 is almost here and Respawn Entertainment have outlined some changes and improvements for Ranked Play.

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Respawn Entertainment has highlighted their planned changes to Ranked Play when Apex Legends Season 8 goes live, and these include increasing the Predator Rank to 750 players.

With Apex Legends Season 8 set to release on February 2, Respawn has shown off some of the new additions that will be coming to the battle royale – such as map changes and a new Legend. Now, the devs have also highlighted some other planned changes.

The game’s Ranked Play saw significant growth last year, with Season 7 having the highest player count yet, so Respawn has decided to introduce further improvements. Now, they’ve unveiled an all-new Ranked system for Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends Season 8 Ranked Play changes

The developers stated that they hope to “create a healthier top end in Diamond+” when updating Season 8’s Ranked Play. Their second goal is to improve match quality, which includes filling your lobby mostly with players of the same rank.

Respawn Entertainment highlighted the following changes to Ranked Play on the EA website:

  • Earn placement RP earlier in a match
    • RP rewards begin at placement 13 instead of 10 in a match.
  • Kill/Assist count has been raised to 6
    • Earn RP for more of your kills and assists in a given match.
    • This is a slight nudge to give really good players a slightly faster trip back to their competitive rank while giving our top tier players more ways to pull ahead of the pack in the Predator ranks.
  • Assist Threshold Increased to 10 seconds
    • Earn assists for up to 10 seconds (up from 7.5 seconds) after dealing damage to a target that is killed by someone else.
  • Predator has been increased to the top 750 players
    • Allowing more players to enter Predator should improve queue times while remaining an exclusive tier for the highest levels of play.
  • Matchmaking Tightening
    • Players below Diamond will matchmake much more often within their own Ranks.
  • Skydive Trails return
    • In Season 8, Diamond Skydive Trails will be making a return as a ranked reward.
Apex Legends Season 8 Ranked play changes

Apex Season 8 Ranked Play splits

The reformed Kings Canyon will be the location of the first split in Season 8, and this will continue until March 23. After that, the second split will take place on Olympus, but there are no plans to have World’s Edge feature in Ranked Play this season.

If you were hoping to head over there then you’re out of luck, but they did confirm that we’ll see this location come into play later in the Season.

Obliterated Kings Canyon Mayhem

Apex Legends Season 7 Ranked Play results and rewards

Respawn also shared the results of Season 7 Ranked Play, along with the Season 6 breakdown:

  • 16.35% Bronze (17.76%)
  • 23.86% Silver (26.23%)
  • 32.09% Gold (36.25%)
  • 23.13% Platinum (17.75%)
  • 4.37% Diamond (1.89%)
  • 0.20% Master & Apex Predator (0.12%)

If you did well during Season 7’s Ranked mode, then you can help yourself to some exciting rewards, depending on your rank. You can take a look at all of them in the image below.

Ranked rewards in Season 7

These initially included Diamond Skydive trails, but the developers then removed those from the image. They later clarified that their inclusion in the list was an error since those will only be available as Season 8 rewards.

Respawn added a final note, stating that they plan to “keep an eye on these adjustments and the impact they have on the Ranked progression and health within the tiers.” So if there’s any update, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Apex Legends Season 8 will go live on February 2, on PS4/5, Xbox One and Series S/X, and PC on Origin and Steam.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Are Apex Legends servers down? Current server status

We’ve found a great way to check Apex Legends’ server status for all regions so you can see whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

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Like any other popular multiplayer game, Apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and server issues. However, we’ve found a great way for players to check their region’s Apex Legends server status, so let’s get into how you can check if the servers are down.

Apex Legends is nearing Season 12, which looks to bring new content to the game such as a Collection Event and map updates. Previously, big updates have caused server issues for the devs, however, in recent times, the game has been fairly smooth for players.

Although the servers have been relatively stable recently, players encounter these issues reasonably often and may even wonder whether it’s an issue on their end.

If you encounter any server issues, we have an excellent way for you to check the Apex Legends server status.

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Are Apex Legends servers down?

Currently, there are no issues being reported about mass server outages or problems. Apex hasn’t had many significant updates since the launch of Season 11, but we expect players to experience some instability perhaps when Season 12 drops.

Whenever you are experiencing server issues, there are many ways for you to check the server status for Apex Legends, so that you can figure out the root cause.

How to check the Apex Legends server status

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One of the most obvious ways to stay updated on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down is by following updates on Apex Legends Twitter account and the development team at Respawn.

Usually, one of those accounts will be updating and communicating to players about any server issues going on. Further, you can also follow our dedicate Apex Legends Twitter account, alphaINTEL, which is a great place to stay updated with anything Apex related.

If you don’t have Twitter or have checked and haven’t seen any update on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down, perhaps the problems you are experiencing are that of your setup or region.

How to check the server status

There is a great way to check the regional Apex Legends server status for these specific problems so that you can see whether the issues you are experiencing are regional or due to your internet service provider.

The way to do so is through a handy website called apexlegendsstatus, which will give you a breakdown of server status in all the available regions, as well as all the platforms you could be playing the game on.

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The website will even tell you how much latency (ms) in each server, significantly indicating its stability.

Further, you can also report issues if there isn’t too much notice about the issue on the website, which will be added to a live report map you can check to see if people in your region are also experiencing the issue.

So, if you’re having issues, check this website to see whether it’s the platform or server you are playing that is having problems, or if these are all up and running, you can put it down to your setup.


Well, there you have it. This is the best way you can check the Apex Legends server status. For more on Apex, check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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Who owns Apex Legends battle royale?

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that’s available across all platforms, but who owns Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends has gained a lot of popularity over the last year, and with new players getting to grips with the game every day, some may be wondering who the developers are.

Apex Legends is about to enter Season 12, with the game releasing way back in February 2019.

With the recent news regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, players may be wondering what it means for their favorite games, like Call of Duty and Apex Legends.

As well as this, some players may just want to know the identity of the developers who own Apex Legends, as new players are joining every day. Luckily, we have the answer covered for you.

Who owns Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment, a development studio under EA founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, who originally co-founded Infinity Ward, the development studio behind multiple Call of Duty games, with its latest being Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019).

Ultimately, Respawn Entertainment have no affiliation with Activision, and so the recent Microsoft deal doesn’t affect the ownership of the game at all.

Respawn Entertainment is also the studio behind the Titanfall franchise, which is very closely connected to Apex Legends, as the battle royale game takes place in the Titanfall universe.

Further, Respawn isn’t just known for creating FPS games, but the development studio also created Star Wars: Fallen Order, a story game held in high regard.

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One thing Respawn Entertainment is great at is communicating with the community and keeping players informed with news and updates through social media.

Apex Legends is constantly being updated with fresh content for players keeping the game fun and drawing new players in, which is a testimony to how hard the team at Respawn Entertainment work.

With four battle royale maps, 19 Legends, exclusive maps for the Arenas mode, and a consistent flow of cosmetics, Apex Legends offers loads for players, and Respawn Entertainment is the team behind it all.


For more on Apex Legends, check out our recent piece on when the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will be released.

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Apex Legends players call for major nerf to Valkyrie’s ultimate

Apex Legends players are calling for a major nerf to Valkyrie’s ultimate Skyward Dive ability, claiming its Scanning is too powerful..

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Valkyrie’s ultimate ability Skydive lets her launch 180m into the air, allowing for easy rotations. Now, Apex Legends players are calling for this ability to be nerfed, claiming the scanning portion of this ability is too powerful.

Apex Legends features 19 different characters to choose from, all of whom come with their own unique set of skills. One popular Legend is Valkyrie, who is able to soar through the sky during battles.

She is one of the most-picked Legends in Season 11. Now, Season 12 is approaching fast and players are asking for Respawn Entertainment to nerf to her famous Skyward Dive ability.

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Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive ability in Apex Legends lets the character and her teammates soar across the map while scanning for players on the ground. This informs them whether or not it’s safe to land in that area.

At the time of writing, this is one of the only scanning abilities in the game that doesn’t provide notifications to opponents who have been caught in it. This has caused many players to call for a change.

Reddit user ‘3KeyReasons’ brought up this issue in the Apex Legends subreddit. They suggested that Respawn add a “Skydive Detected” notification that will warn you about Valkyrie’s ultimate.

One user brought up that Valkyrie’s ultimate needs a line of sight to scan players, but they agreed with the Redditor’s suggestion: “This feature would be better. It would at least make us aware that a 3rd party is jumping on our heads.”

This change would certainly make it much easier to stay out of the way of Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive ability. Currently, it’s unknown whether or not Respawn will choose to implement this feature in the game.


For more Apex Legends, check out some major Apex Legends Season 12 map changes that have been teased by the devs, and how many people are playing Apex Legends in 2022.

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