Bethesda has permanently banned several Fallout: 76 players for making homophobic remarks.
While Bethesda has gotten criticism for Fallout: 76, one of the most notable omissions from the game is the lack of a report feature. However, some players have taken to Twitter to report homophobic behavior in-game. The offending players were banned for life.
So @bethesda, how do we report people in @Fallout? @ChipWhitehouse @Handsandhead and I literally had our characters hunted down and killed by homophobic players. I’ll post more of the video in a thread. Strong language warning. pic.twitter.com/gN1rsRFz1h
— AJpls (@twitch_ajpls) November 16, 2018
“We’ve come to eliminate all gays. Eliminate the queers. We’ve got to decontaminate the AIDS,” the homophobic players said. Streamer AJPls said, “They stuck with it and even joked about how ‘this is the strongest queer I’ve ever seen.'” He also added that the lack of a report feature made it more difficult to report toxic behavior in-game. “It seems very difficult to report players,” AJ added.
The perpetrators insisted that it was just a joke.
Upon initial review, Bethesda handed NathanTheHicc and his friends a three-day ban. The offending player told his side of the story and insisted that he didn’t hate gay people. “It was just a late night of having fun and after the first encounter (seen on my channel) we felt it would be fun to offend them somehow. You can call that evil but I think it’s just playful immaturity,” he said. “I do not regret the incident…I don’t plan on doing anything like this in the future, but to be fair I didn’t plan the initial incident, I just found them and decided to go through with it.”
The customer support team reviewed the incident and decided to give NathanTheHicc and his friends permanent bans. “We will not tolerate this kind of behavior by any of our players, nor towards any of our players,” a Bethesda spokesperson said.
What do you think about Bethesda handing out permanent bans to NathanTheHicc and his friends? Do you think they should implement report features in Fallout: 76? Let us know in the comments below!