While racism has been in an issue in Call of Duty for decades now, Activision and Infinity Ward are finally doing something more about it. The developer announced a handful fo new Call of Duty anti-racism measures to tackle the ongoing issue in Modern Warfare and Warzone.
The announcement was made on Twitter where Infinity Ward outlined new monitoring resources. In addition, bans will be handed out to players who continue to spread hate in the game.
Infinity Ward explains that there’s no space for racist content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone. The developer claims that the anti-racism project began at launch and since they have handed out thousands of daily bans for racists and hate orientated names. While the system has worked, Infinity Ward claims they need to do more including;
- Adding additional resources to monitor and ID racist content
- Adding additional in-game reporting systems to increase the number of bans by hour
- Adding filters and greater restrictions on name changes
- Evaluating in-game improvements to make it easier to report offences
- Increasing permanent bands to root out repeat offenders
Don’t get me wrong, this is a great move. However, it should have been in place already. Fans of the series have called out Infinity Ward and Activision for capitalizing on the deaths of minorities in order to gain popularity during this intense time. The new Call of Duty anti-racism changes will help the situation but why now? This should have been a priority months ago.
Earlier this week, Activision announced the new Season 4 content would be delayed because there are “more important things happening”. The delay follows other studios and companies putting reveals on hold due to the unrest over the George Floyd death.