EA Sports acknowledges the "high volume of toxic behaviour" in its games

By Heidi Nicholas,
EA Sports has released a statement acknowledging the "high volume of toxic behaviour" in several of its games, and detailing the steps to be implemented "to bring change to our games and communities in the fight against racism".

The statement, shared via Twitter, reads "EA Sports will not tolerate racism of any kind", adding, "we recognise we need to do more to actively monitor and remove those individuals who perpetuate racist, xenophobic, homophobic or sexist behaviours in our games".

The "specific steps" outlined in the statement seem to be targeted at increasing the speed with which the developers can respond to and remove the offending players and their content. These steps include the addition of more tools for reporting "toxic behaviour" in-game, "increased... frequency of reviewing offences", and an active and repeated review of the term list. The EA Sports team also said it would look at providing "more fully dedicated resources to our teams to tackle the issue".

"But we won't stop at these actions because we know we need to do better," the statement finishes, adding that the EA Sports team will "continue to take steps" to combat "bias, discrimination, and injustice". There'll be more changes announced in the next few weeks as EA Sports looks at "reviewing the policies and steps we can take across our entire portfolio of games".

As with EA Sports, Activision also recently shared a statement on how it plans to combat racist content in Modern Warfare, outlining similar steps for its games. Both statements from EA Sports and Activision coincide with the growing momentum of the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the US and other countries. While these statements show a commitment to tackling racism in these games, there is an argument that such steps should have been taken sooner, and Sean has discussed as much in his opinion piece on how "Call of Duty's 'racist content' should have been stamped out a long time ago".
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Heidi graduated with an MA in English Literature, and now enjoys writing news, reviews, and features across TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. When she’s not writing, Heidi is usually either looking for her next RPG, or trying to convince the rest of the team to hear about yet another delightfully wholesome game she has found.