Genshin Impact's chat filter bans words like 'Hong Kong,' 'Taiwan,' 'Hitler,' & 'Putin'

Whether due to Chinese regulations or other matters, there are a number of interesting terms banned in the chat filter on MiHoYo's Genshin Impact.

5

The world is in quite a state right now as the matters of censorship and corporate ownership clash, especially when it comes to China. As the newest and most head-turning game on the block, Genshin Impact has gotten a lot of love for its mix of free-flowing adventure, striking characters, and slight gambling gacha game element. That said, as a game from developers on the Chinese mainland, Genshin Impact finds itself subject to the rules of the nation from which it came, which is probably why people discovered that words like “Hong Kong” and “Taiwan” are banned.

Players made the discovery about the unfortunate entries in Genshin Impact’s in-game chat filter pretty recently, as reported recently by PC Gamer. “Hong Kong,” “Falun Gong,” and “Taiwan” raised eyebrows the most, but there are a number of other words banned as well. Among them are “Hitler,” “Stalin,” “Putin,” and, interestingly enough, the word “words.” That last one may be an issue of an auto-compiled list or a bug somewhere, and topics like Hitler and Putin play a large part in toxicity and racism, but Hong Kong and Taiwan seem pretty clearly in line with censorship due to government regulations as gaming analyst Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) points out.

As a Chinese mainland company, MiHoYo’s hands may be tied on this one as it attempts to adhere to regulations set in place by a government that heavily censors against anything that may be seen as a threat to “Chinese national unity.” That said, it’s also worth noting that as Genshin Impact adheres to Chinese law to exist in the first place, it’s popularity may very well find it at the center of ongoing controversies regarding the country and its economic, political, and military interactions.

Genshin Impact continues to wow audiences as it is (we had ourselves a fun time with it on Indie-licious) and we’ve even got a few of our own guides if you’re looking to figure out any snags you’re running into in the game. Stay tuned for further updates as we watch for news and information from MiHoYo and Genshin Impact.

News Editor

TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

From The Chatty
Hello, Meet Lola