Apex Legends Leaver Penalty Removed, Will Return

The version 1.1 patch for Apex Legends that went live a few days ago included penalties for players who leave matches early that's now been removed (thanks Eurogamer). Respawn fully intends to incorporate such an early leaver penalty down the road, but did not intend for it to go live just yet, hence the removal. This post on Reddit explains what happened:
So internally, we have been working on and testing this feature but it wasn't our intention or plan to have it go live with the update that went out today. There was a piece of script that was missing and caused the leaving match early penalty to be turned on when it shouldn't be. That's why it wasn't in the patch notes.

We updated the script, tested with QA and it's now disabled for all platforms. We don't have an ETA for if or when this would come out for real. Apologies for the confusion.
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I figured it was to prevent people from joining, messing with teammates or something (or ragequitting, despite being able to be revived) early on, screwing their group out of a body?
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