PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gets new rules of conduct which warn against racism and other forms of discrimination within the game. Developer Bluehole also states that players could face serious consequences if they violate these rules.
The unveiling of the game’s new rules follows its unbridled success, selling over six million copies on PC, despite still being in Steam Early Access.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Takes Stand Against Discrimination
In the last few days, Bluehole has posted an updated form of the game’s rules of conduct, informing players of unacceptable behaviour in the game. The rules now explain that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players who violate the rules could wind up a “temporary suspension or a permanent ban” and “Ignorance of the rules does not excuse a violation of them.”
Some of the rules include
- Do not use any discriminatory language, including but not limited to any language regarding ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, religion, sexual preference or personal beliefs.
- Do not use extremely foul language, including but not limited to excessive profanity or language that is graphically sexual, grotesque, or violent.
- Do not make threats of real-world violence or other intended harm to other players or our employees.
- Do not harass, stalk, or purposely do things to make someone else feel uncomfortable or threatened.
The rules also warn against posting spam and various forms of cheating, such as ‘team kills’ (killing your own team on purpose) and using “client-side hacks.”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is steadily growing in popularity and will release on Xbox One later this year. Its playerbase has already complained of issues with discrimination and harassment from others – with Brendan Greene (PlayerUnknown himself) facing threats of violence from a player like those that the new rules discourage.
If players are to continue to spend time in the game and are going to take interest, then it’s imperative that Bluehole takes a stand against negative behaviour before it becomes more of an issue.
It should also be noted that Battlegrounds is just the latest game to take action against abuse in the game, with Rocket League and Overwatch updating their punishments too. With social, multiplayer games becoming increasingly popular, this is likely to become the standard, hopefully making these titles much more welcoming to all players.
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