Microsoft’s latest effort to curtail online abuse on Xbox will involve a new ‘strike’ system which may see offending players suspended for up to a year.
The tired misconception that the gaming community is toxic has largely been dispelled, but there’s always room for improvement.
The latest in a slew of efforts to curb harassment, bullying, and hate speech has seen Microsoft introduce a new ‘strike’ system for Xbox, which operates much like points on a driving licence.
Under these upcoming guidelines, players who receive two strikes will be suspended from their online account for two days, four strikes will equal a week-long ban, and those who rack up eight offences will be exiled from anything multiplayer – including all social features – for an entire year.
Strikes will exist on a player’s record for six months, at which point the slate is to be wiped clean.
In a company announcement, Microsoft included a detailed diagram so there can be no confusion over the new lay of the land. Profanity and cheating are punishable by one strike, harassment or bullying by two, and instances of hate speech by three.
Those put on time-out for accumulated strikes will still have access to single-player and previously purchased content, but the ‘most serious cases’ may prompt moderators to cut a player off from their account completely.