Thu August 03 2017

Rocket League updates report system with 20-word ban list

by Charlie Fripp, Kwese ESPN

Any person who plays video games online will know that the language between gamers can get very salty at the best of times.

It is for this reason that Rocket League developer Psyonix released an update to make online communication between players less hostile.

“This week, we’re building on our Player Report system by adding a new layer of automation to the report-ban process. This automation, simply called the ‘Language Ban’ system, will automatically ban players from online matches when certain words - racial slurs, for example - are seen in reports filed by our players,” Psyonix explained its website.

The developer added that it created an initial list of over 20 words and variants, but won’t be making the list of specific words public. It spans words and phrases from multiple languages, and each word has its own threshold.

Use the word too much and you’ll get banned for 24 hours, escalated to 72 hours, one week, and eventually a permanent ban.

“Once a threshold for any word has been reached, that player will be automatically subject to a ban,” it stated.

Psyonix explained that the ban list will help curb harassment during online play.

“Of the thousands of reports we receive every day, the majority are tied to in-game abuse and harassment - typically in the form of abusive language. This new Language Ban system will help us address reports quickly and precisely while we also continue our usual monitoring of Reddit and other social channels for feedback.”

If you do encounter abusive players, Psyonix has some advice: “Report them, mute them, and let us take care of the rest.”