How To Host Your Own Apex Legends Private Lobby
Prior to Apex Legends: Legacy, private lobbies were exclusive to PC players. With console recently receiving the ability to play in private lobbies, more players than ever are interested in hosting their own lobbies.
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Apex Legends does not yet allow just anyone to create private lobbies. Players need special permission from EA and Respawn to put on any private events.
Even with the jump to console, the secret to obtaining private lobby access is well-kept. Nowhere in-game does it explain how to get private lobby codes and the Apex Legends website doesn’t clear much up either. All the general playerbase really knows is that these private lobbies are mostly reserved for big content creators and tournament organisers.
However, it is possible to obtain access to private lobbies as an unknown, regular player. But it’ll have to be for a good reason. Let us guide you through the process of obtaining private lobby access in Apex Legends.
Familiarise Yourself With The Community Tournament Guidelines
Before hosting a private lobby, one must first familiarise themselves with the Apex Legends Community Tournament Guidelines.
The Community Tournament Guidelines are a list of rules and restrictions one must abide by if they wish to host a private lobby. These guidelines include restrictions on the following:
- Not for commercial profit
- No EA trademarks or affiliation
- Prohibited sponsors & partners
- Tournament fees
First and foremost, the events held in your private lobbies cannot be for commercial profit. Going down the list, you must make it explicitly known that your events are not affiliated with EA and any sponsors of the event must not sell or promote products or services related to sex, drugs, politics, or gambling.
When it comes to entry fees and prize pools, EA has strict restrictions on what they will allow. Prizes must be fixed ahead of the event and your prize pools for all events must not exceed $10K in a given year. Tickets to the event cannot cost more than $20 and the funds should be used solely to offset the cost of organising the tournament. Furthermore, the total revenue generated from streaming the event may not exceed $10K.
In summary, EA does not want players using their private lobbies to generate mass commercial profit. Apex Legends private lobbies are intended to be fun and friendly community-oriented events. Make note of this before proceeding in the quest for private lobby access.
Players can visit their website to browse the Community Tournament Guidelines in full.
Have A Plan Of Action
Private lobby code seekers should formulate a plan of action before requesting private lobby access.
Respawn and EA don’t give private lobby codes to everyone who asks. They certainly won’t give you a code if your message simply says “some friends and I want to play in our own lobby.”
Respawn and EA like to see a plan of action before handing out access to their private lobby feature. We suggest preparing dates, prize pools, formats, and the like before submitting a request for private lobby codes. A vague request for private lobby access will unquestionably be denied by EA. However, an organised well-thought-out tournament series with dates, tournament format, and projected prize pools has a much higher chance of being considered.
Originality can play a vital role in gaining access to tournament admin codes. Respawn and EA likely get hundreds of requests daily from users looking to host traditional tournament formats. While that’s all fine and dandy, users that pitch unique and original events are far more likely to receive access to private lobbies.
Look at the streamer duo of HisandHersLive for an example of this. These two are far from the biggest content creators or names in Apex Legends, but they received permission from Apex Legends to run their JukaBowl tournament series. A major factor in this is likely the amount of variety in their events.
JukaBowl has featured Trident Races, 100-player Boxing Ring battles, Throwback tournaments, all-female tournaments, and much more. The wide variety of original concepts HisandHersLive implements into their events drew the attention of Respawn and EA and has granted them unrestricted access to private lobbies.
Lastly, the mission and motivation behind your proposed event could factor into EA’s willingness to give out private lobby access. Does your event promote a good cause? Hosting a tournament where all proceeds go to charity may give your request the boost it needs to grab Respawn and EA’s attention. Respawn and EA would love to lend private lobby access to a great cause, rather than encouraging someone’s greedy ambitions for personal profit.
Don’t go to EA and Respawn with a generic request for a private lobby code. Why is your request special? Come up with a legitimate plan of action that includes a well-thought-out, original blueprint for your event(s). Requests with a plan of action will be taken much more seriously by EA and Respawn.
The final step in the pursuit of Apex Legends private lobby access is to ask nicely. After reviewing the Community Tournament Guidelines and drawing up a plan of action, aspiring tournament admins should submit their request to APEXLEGENDSLICENSEREQUESTS@EA.COM.
When drafting up your request, you’ll want to ensure that your proposal is well-written, free of grammatical errors, and professional. No matter how great your event idea is, Respawn and EA won’t take you as seriously if your request is littered with grammatical errors and lacks professionalism.
Your request should start off with a brief description of who you are and/or the organisation you are representing. The more credibility you can build for yourself the better.
From there, provide a few key and concise points explaining why you deserve private lobby access. Explain to Respawn and EA what you plan to achieve with private lobbies. This is where your plan of action shines.
EA and Respawn will want to ensure that anyone with access to their private lobbies understands the importance of obeying their guidelines. Make it be known that you are already aware of what’s expected of you. This will show that you did your research ahead of time and take your proposal seriously.
Finally, wrap up your pitch with a sincere farewell that highlights the gist of your request. Try to keep the whole thing brief and succinct. A wall of text could lose their attention.
Through it all, stay nice and respectful. Your fate is in EA and Respawn’s hands. Those with access to private lobbies are in a rather exclusive club. And we promise you that none of them got in there by being rude in their request.
As you can see, the process of obtaining Apex Legends private lobby access is relatively thorough. Down the road, private lobbies may become available to the public. But until then, those interested in hosting private events will need to go through the necessary steps.
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