Activision has provided a report on toxic behavior, hate speech, and harassment within a number of Call of Duty titles, including Warzone, Black Ops Cold war, Modern Warfare, and CoD: Mobile. The company stated in a blog post that it will not tolerate this behavior in its games, and took a stand against it in society as well.
“We are focused on making positive steps forward, and together celebrating the best fans in the world,” Activision said. “We know addressing toxicity is not simple and requires sustained effort.”
Over the past 12 months, Activision has banned more than 350,000 accounts due to racist names or toxic behavior in Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Mobile. The bans were dropped due to player-submitted reports and Activision’s own tools.
Activision has also released new in-game filters over the past year that automatically detect racist and offensive names. A new technology was also added to the game to rid them of offensive text chat. These filters are now applied across 11 languages.
However, the publisher is hoping to achieve an even greater cleanup of the Call of Duty community. Looking forward, Activision said it will increase the capabilities of its player-reporting tools and moderating systems. They will also do more with voice chat to deal with toxicity.
“Our goal is to give players the tools needed to manage their own gameplay experience, combined with an enforcement approach that addresses hate speech, racism, sexism, and harassment,” Activision stated.
Below are some of the ways Activision intends to fish out more toxic players from the CoD community:
- More resources to support detection and enforcement
- Additional monitoring and backend technology
- Scrubbing databases to bring systems up to current standards
- Consistent and fair review of enforcement policies
- Increased communication with the community
“We know we have a long way to go to reach our goals. This is just the start. Addressing this is an ongoing commitment that we will not waiver from. We look forward to making progress on this front and coming together with you to share in the fun and joy of playing together,” Activision said.
Alongside addressing bad behavior, Activision continues to take a hard stance agains cheaters. As of this writing, Activision has banned more than 500,000 accounts from Warzone for cheating.