One of Apex Legends’ top pro players and streamers, Jacob “HisWattson” McMillin, has come under scrutiny from the community after he sent a series of leaked messages to a notorious hacker and leaker.
HisWattson was added to Furia’s pro roster ahead of the 2022 ALGS World Championship, where they finished runners-up, and HisWattson was named MVP.
However, alongside his in-game skills, McMillin has also earned a reputation for speaking out about the game itself, and has had public altercations with Respawn developers in the past.
Tensions between HisWattson and Respawn flared up again on September 5. He complained that the Apex Legends security team was unavailable over the weekend, preventing him from streaming due to targeted attacks on his games.
Other professional gamers and streamers sparked debate with his post, arguing that it wasn’t fair and that developers shouldn’t be expected to work weekends because of a player’s issue.
“Developers have lives too,” said streamer Nokokopuffs. “99% of people with your problem would have to submit a ticket and wait/play a game of email tagging. Waiting 1-2 days is not so bad.”
HisWattson messages to hackers leaked
The following day, a hacker and leaker shared a screenshot of messages sent by HisWattson in the Apex community asking for help in attacking its games.
“All I know is that you’re a shady dataminer guy and replied to both of my tweets without following me, so I thought maybe you know what’s going on if it’s malicious,” he asked the leaker.
When the leaker responded to ask Respawn developer “Hideouts,” HisWattson replied, “I hate Hideouts too and I want to clown him on Twitter.”
HisWattson responded to confirm the news was real and doubled down on his comments. “Everything I have said is public information. I hate EA. I hate hiding spots (but I usually only specifically go after him if he says something first).”
It also appears that the hacker/leaker admits to being responsible for, or having knowledge of, the attacks on HisWattson’s matches.
Former Apex Legends pro Snip3down slammed HisWattson for the news. “Taking the trouble to reach out to a known scammer and ask them to help you be ‘mutually beneficial’ by stoking your dislike for EA and a certain member of their team to publicly accuse them berating is 100% out of pocket.”
TSM member Albralelie said HisWattson was “quick to ban EA-sanctioned events.”
“You need to start thinking seriously about what you’re doing, man.”
HisWattson’s leaked messages or responses have not been responded to by EA, Respawn, or Hideouts themselves.