Following the worldwide outcry over racial inequality, Infinity Ward has announced that it will step up its moderation efforts against racist names in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone. The studio says “we need to do a better job” – and certainly, few who’ve ever been in a Call of Duty lobby will argue with that point.
“There is no place for racist content in our game,” Infinity Ward says on Twitter. “This is an effort we began with launch and we need to do a better job. We’re issuing thousands of daily bans of racist and hate-oriented names. But we know we have to do more.”
Infinity Ward is “adding additional resources to monitor and ID racist content”, “adding additional in-game reporting systems to increase the number of bans by hour”, “adding filters and greater restrictions on name changes”, “evaluating in-game improvements to make it easier to report offenses”, and “increasing permanent bans to root out repeat offenders”.
“We apologise to our players. This is our commitment to you, our fans, thank you.”
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) June 3, 2020
These sorts of changes are long – long – overdue. It’s a shame it’s taken real-world tragedy and global protests for one of the biggest multiplayer games out there to step up against the racism in its community, but it’s better late than never.