Microsoft To Implement New ‘Enforcement Strike System’ For Xbox

Posted on August 16, 2023 by Nick Moreno

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Recently, updates over at Xbox continues to bring new life to the platform. The most engrossing is the next dashboard upgrade. After issues of the over cluttered and background-occupying UI, the Xbox firm went ahead to address plenty of these issues plus more. Not to mention the Xbox Insiders rings now welcomed to game streaming via the Discord app on console too.

One feature that players are surprised to see be implemented is voice reporting. After years of unfiltered chatter across game lobbies & party chats, users are soon to be greeted with new way to combat hostility online. The new feature will allow up to 30-second audio recordings to be used when filing a report for unjustly conversations.

Similarly, Microsoft is to roll out an all new ‘Enforcement Strike System’ for Xbox according to a new Xbox Wire blog post this week. The new system will “educates players about enforcement severity, cumulative effect of multiple enforcements, and the total impact on their standing;” now eight strikes will be handed – each lasting six months.

The new system attaches strikes to every enforcement, ranging in severity based on inappropriate activity. Each player will now have a view of their enforcement history including strikes and the overall impact these have on their player record. This revised system gives players a better understanding of enforcement severity and the cumulative effect of multiple enforcements. Enforcement transparency is about giving players clarity into how their behavior impacts their experience. Our content moderation efforts are not changing as a result of the new enforcement strike system. 

As always, when a player believes they have witnessed a violation of Xbox’s Community Standards, we encourage them to report. All reports are evaluated, there are no automated enforcement actions based solely on the fact that a report was made. No volume of inaccurate reports results in an enforcement. Only reports that have been reviewed by the Xbox Safety Team and determined to be accurate result in an enforcement.

Dave McCarthy, Xbox Player Services Corporate Vice President

“With the new system, enforcements will also include strikes based on the severity of their actions. The system is similar to demerit strikes used in driver’s license systems in many countries. For example, a player that has received two strikes will be suspended from the platform for one day, whereas a player that receives four strikes will be suspended for seven days.

“Players have a total of eight strikes and, once reached, will be suspended from Xbox’s social features like messaging, parties and party chat, multiplayer and others for one year from the enforcement date. All strikes received stay on a player’s record for six months. Today, players will all begin with a blank slate, or zero strikes. Any previous enforcements, such as suspensions, must still be completed; new enforcements as of today will result in strikes.

“With these changes, Xbox is evolving enforcement to focus on protecting players. This is why even suspended accounts remain functional for single-player experiences and players do not lose access to purchased content. However, for the most serious violations – including illegal activity – Xbox retains the ability to permanently suspend all functionality of an account including access to purchases.”

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Source: Xbox Wire

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