The Apex Legends community is divided over accusations that NA stalwart TSM is “data mining” maps for better zone knowledge. The mined files showcase where zones cannot be terminated on certain maps and have been published in the past.
Data mining has been a core part of the Apex Legends community. Revealing new content before launch is strictly against the rules.
EA’s user agreement prohibits “using robots, spiders, or other automated devices or processes to access the EA Services for purposes. Such as data scraping” or “engaging in or supporting fraudulent or otherwise anti-competitive conduct.”
Suppose a player is found to have violated EA’s Terms of Service. They will no longer be able to compete in Apex Legends esports.
Typically, large Legend leaks only include a skin here and there as they are outside the scope of what is accessible from a typical game. But sometimes, data can be used competitively, such as zone positioning.
Data mining for zones is supposedly a thing in apex and I think it should be talked about and more common knowledge for everyone. The way it was explained is, you can basically find through the code of the game in each update which certain zones can happen and which can’t.— SSG Dropped (@Dropped) November 29, 2022
Spread by SSG pro-Mark
Now, one revelation on November 28 disturbed the professional community of Apex Legends, spread by SSG pro-Mark ‘Dropped’ Thees on Twitter. ‘I think the data mining of zones goes on at apex and should be discussed more.
“The explanation is that, with each update, through the game code. They can find out what specific zones may or may not occur. [It’s] too big an advantage for teams to access this without the other teams realizing this is happening.”
Initially, one team was at the center of the accusations: the TSM., which admitted that its coach, ‘Raven,’ had access to NRG star player Chris ‘Sweet’ Sexton’s stream and used data-mined zone information.
Raven’s commentary drew the ire of many in the community and the stream. He brushed off concerns that it was against the rules and said he was doing his job as an analyst.
Philip ‘ImperialHal’ Dosen suggested that other squads were using this on Twitter, but others have denied it. ‘Alliance, Furia, FaZe, and Liquid will have to ban it too. Good luck!”
If TSM gets banned from ALGS, I want at least 5 of their points from when they Fuse ult griefed us Game 6 last week. 🤨— ImMadness (@ImMadnessTV) November 29, 2022
This is not the first time the end of the zone has been data-mined; “Shrugtal” distributed maps of Storm Point and World Edge in February 2022, showing where the zone never ends. Typically, major buildings and some POIs are blocked.
Beyond hearsay, there is no real evidence of teams using data-mined zone information for competitive advantage and no real public showing. Whether it is data mining or not is another matter entirely, as teams may be using fully publicly available information for zone readings.