Damn! Language Could Lead To Permabans In New Rocket League Update

Psyonix has a collection of words that will automatically ban reported players from online play.


Rocket League is an indie success that has gone from obscure free title on PlayStation Plus to exciting esports event with a massive community that continues to grow. With such massive growth comes growing pains as developer Psyonix tries to make sure players have a positive experience playing their game. In pursuit of that, Psyonix has announced via blog post some new ban practices while also giving updates on Season 4 rewards.

Currently, Rocket League players can improve their experiences online by actively using the Mute and Report functions in-game. Now, Psyonix is adding some automated support to the report system which will clean up the gaming space with a language ban that targets over 20 words and variants of the collected words.

Each word has its own hidden threshold and, once it’s reached, bans start out at 24 hours and will escalate to 72 hours, a week, and end with a permanent ban if the behavior hasn’t changed and the player continues to be reported.

“Of the thousands of reports we receive every day, the majority are tied to in-game abuse and harassment -- typically in the form of abusive language,” says Psyonix’s Community Director Devin Connors in the blog post. “This new Language Ban system will help us address reports quickly and precisely while we also continue our usual monitoring of Reddit and other social channels for feedback.”

The blog post also included the fact that Rocket League’s community has grown to a staggering 34 million players worldwide, which is up from the 30 million reported in April, and such active attempts to cultivate a safe gaming environment with quick responses on harassment will likely breed even more growth. It’s difficult to manage the actions and words of many millions of players but they’re taking productive steps. Rocket League is currently available on Steam, PSN, and Xbox Live for $19.99 and don’t forget to sign up for our Rocket League Tournament of Doom!

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    August 3, 2017 9:45 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Damn! Language Could Lead To Permabans In New Rocket League Update

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      August 3, 2017 10:06 AM


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      August 3, 2017 10:07 AM

      We have a list of words, but we aren't going to tell you what they are.

      So.... good luck everyone!

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        August 3, 2017 12:19 PM

        Think of this as an opportunity to come up with more imaginative insults!

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          August 3, 2017 12:21 PM

          How appropriate! You fight like a cow!

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            August 3, 2017 12:24 PM

            You should not be shooting star yet. You play like a hamburger.

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              August 4, 2017 6:03 AM

              "I expected nothing from you, yet you still managed to disappoint me."

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      August 3, 2017 12:30 PM

      This is a good move because it's so easy and it still requires people to report you (i.e., it isn't just scanning all chat). Still, I wish they'd just say what the words are because anything RL-related is going to turn into thousands of kids who can't stop using racial slurs constantly asking why they got banned.

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        August 3, 2017 12:56 PM

        the best is when you look on xbox live forums and see all the badly written messages of "i'm so and so mother and i was wondering why he was banned?"

        and then the reps say exactly why they were banned and hilarity ensues.

        love that shit.

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      August 3, 2017 12:33 PM