Rocket League can get a bit heated at times and emotions can run high. However, Psyonix has taken a step away from their mute and report approach to managing banning of the most “heated” of players. Now, they will automatically ban players based on certain words that the Psyonix developers deem inappropriate.
With over 34 millions users, managing the community can be a massive undertaking so automating some of the processes makes a lot of sense.
Psyonix explained in their blog
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.
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.
It is still possible and encouraged by Psyonix to mute and report players using abusive language in the matches so they can be dealt with appropriately.
Rocket League is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and is later this year.