What exactly are those words? Psyonix isn’t telling, but you shouldn’t need a sweary linguistics degree to work out what’s okay and what’s not okay. Meanie-weenie, fart-gobbler, and poo-poo-face? Probably okay. Irrelevant and vulgar references to race, gender, and that alleged thing you allege that you did to my mom last night, allegedly? Probably not okay.

“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,” the developer explained in an update on the game’s website.

“While we have an initial list of over 20 words and variants, this list (which we will not be making public) will continue to evolve over time, and include words and phrases from multiple languages. Each word has its own threshold, and once a threshold for any word has been reached, that player will be automatically subject to a ban. These bans will typically start at 24 hours, then escalate to 72 hours, one week, and finally, a permanent ban.”

This presumably applies only to typed words, not voice comms, so for the moment, also applies only to the PC version of the game. For everybody else, maybe don’t be such a snot-bubble next time.

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