Microsoft BANNING players from the racing game Forza who add the southern flag to their cars online
Microsoft PROHIBITS players from the racing game Forza who decorate their cars online with the southern flag
- Microsoft prohibits the use of the Southern flag in the racing game Forza
- It also banned Nazi symbols and the rising solar flag of imperialist Japan
- Players using the flag must be notified before they are banned
Microsoft takes on players who use ‘infamous iconography’ in the popular racing game Forza.
According to a statement on Twitter, Microsoft’s new rules include the use of the connected flag, the Nazi symbolism, and the rising sun – a flag symbolizing Japanese imperialism.
A statement from Forza support says the decision was made in an effort to:
“To maintain and promote a safe, secure, inclusive, and enjoyable experience for all Forza Community members, and to allow perpetrators to change their behavior after enforcement action.”
Microsoft is cracking down on hate symbols in games like Forza, where players were previously allowed to plaster cars with the Southern flag
The move is significant when it comes to Forza, as players can customize their cars in the game to reflect homemade designs.
Forza has also added an option to race as General Lee, an iconic 1979 TV series car, The Dukes of Hazzard, that carries the symbol since 2007.
Microsoft reportedly would not automatically ban players, but will take action against players if they are reported by submitting a ticket online.
The decision to explicitly ban players using hate symbols, especially in a racing game, comes with particularly timely timing.
NASCAR has taken part in an ongoing debate about the use of the Southern Flag after it decided last month to ban its use in all races and events.
The General Lee (pictured) was from the 1979 TV series, Dukes of Hazzard, and has been a playable car in Forza since 2007
“The presence of the Southern Flag at NASCAR events runs counter to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said in a statement at the time.
Unlike NASCAR, Microsoft doesn’t seem to have received many responses due to its decision to ban the flag from games like Forza.