350,000 Warzone Players Banned for Racism, Toxic Behavior

Activision has banned more than a quarter of a million Warzone accounts for toxicity and racism.
Activision has banned more than a quarter of a million Warzone accounts for toxicity and racism. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Activision says it has banned 350,000 Call of Duty: Warzone players for "racist names and toxic behavior" based on player reports and an extensive review of its player-name database.

"There's no place for toxic behavior, hate speech or harassment of any kind in our games or our society," the company wrote in its announcement. "We are focused on making positive steps forward, and together celebrating the best fans in the world."

In addition to banning offending accounts, Activision says has deployed filters to catch potentially offensive usernames, clan tags, and profiles, implemented new technology to filter out potentially offensive text chat messages, and applied similar filters across 11 languages.

"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 said. Moving forward, it plans to add resources for detection and enforcement, increase its monitoring and backend technology, scrub its databases to make sure its systems are up to its current standards, increase communication with the community, and consistently and fairly review its enforcement policies.

"We know we have a long way to go to reach our goals. This is just the start.

"We look forward to making progress on this front and coming together with you to share in the fun and joy of playing together."