Microsoft cracking down on Sexism on Xbox Live, handing out life-time bans

imageXbox Live is pretty well known for their misogynistic teens but it seems this is a reputation Microsoft is less than proud of and intends to actively combat.

According to GameStop UK Microsoft is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against users who make sexist or derogatory comments on Xbox Live.

"It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," said Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behaviour manifest itself."

Offenders  face a lifetime ban on the gaming network if they cross the line.

Do our readers think this punitive approach is right, with what is after all paying customers or should there be a bigger focus on education? Let us know below.


  • Lasp24

    i think lifetime ban is a bit much, maybe a few months, or maybe a year should be the maximum

  • Eric Peterson

    Are you serious? Why does this ruling only apply to boys? Don’t tell me it doesn’t. The words “misogynistic teens” make that clear. Why aren’t girls subject to the same kind of consequence? I’ve been on xbox live since 2007 and have met trolls, assholes, bitches, trash talkers, team killers, and all the like. I have rarely come across someone who uses the stereotypical sandwich jokes when we meet female players.
    This is just another ruling that views men as perpetrators and women as victims. Make this policy equal among the genders and you’ll have my support. Until then, it’s just more misandry against men.

    • Jeff Yenzer

      Where exactly are you seeing that this only applies to men? A sexist remark is a sexist remark, and should be dealt with in the same manner, regardless of gender. That said, if you were to take a statistical breakdown, I would put $1000 on men being the majority perpetrators here. My gf refuses to play with a microphone with strangers, after the rape and death threats she got repeatedly, any time she was doing well in a game.

  • Henil Patel

    MS.. seriously STOP IT!

  • Jamie Bird

    freaking stupid….. MS u r crossing the line here….

  • disqustingtard

    Gosh the iron fist of communism being applied to teenagers via modern gaming consoles. Ballmer WTF man?? Who else in Microsoft is a communist agent? Sinofsky? Gates?

    • JoshC

      None of them had anything to do with this, this is all Xbox division PR department

  • Jeff Yenzer

    I have nothing to worry about, since I treat people online with the same respect I show anyone face-to-face. Anyone getting banned fully deserves the punishment, as they will have knowingly committed the act. This is the proudest I have been of XBL since I joined, at launch, 10 years ago.
    It’s about time consequences were brought forth to these troglodytes.

  • Beezer

    Am I the only one that likes the actions that Microsoft takes on these situtations? Seriously makes playing online much better for me. The only problem I have with any of their online services is Skydrives partial nudity thing. Where I’m took scared to publish swimming photos online. Other than that, they have the right mindset for online. I’ve played PS3 and I hate how people on that thing are.

  • Meekermoloko

    That’s funny… My girlfriend wants to know why there are so many sports items for male avatars on Xbox and not too many for the ladies. She watches football and hockey (not this year)… but she can’t buy the same items I can buy for my avatar. Talk about sexist.

  • napocapo69

    So what about girls treating boys like shit, in real life? Are you gonna ban those girls from real life?
    We are talking about games, and people make jokes while gaming.
    Why should an insult directed to a girl be more relevant that one directed to a boy? If a girl feels offended she can fight back, this is valid for everyone.
    Ban rules already exist, why should be a special treatment for girls? Do they matter more than boys? THIS IS SEXISM, and it is really ridiculous.

  • Phillip Jones

    I don’t totally agree. the Cod games are full or campers and I hate them. They ruin the gaming experience for everyone and I like to send dedicated & experienced campers some derogatory comments if they wind me up. I might get banned for this, but will they get banned for destroying an awesome game?

  • Eren

    Nowhere in the article does it say that this rule only applies to men. It’s zero-tolerance against any kind of sexist and derogatory comments. However, the article is stating that there is a lot of sexism and threatened violence against women on Xbox Live, which from my experience is completely the truth. The threats about rape and misogynistic comments I see that guys make towards women is disgusting – especially when they get away with it by passing it off as a “harmless joke.” Violence and rape is not a harmless thing to joke about. I think it’s laughable that some guys are getting pissed off and trying to point the blame away from them by trying to play the victims. This itself is another example of sexism. They’re trying to deny that women are being threatened by victimizing themselves. I think we should all be celebrating that Microsoft is taking this step, rather than trying to have a competition of who the bigger victim is.