Bethesda banned the group Fallout 76 players for life after launching a homophobic attack on others in the game. "We came to eliminate all homosexuals", players in the incident video can be heard.
As reported Eurogamer, the incident, which originally occurred a few weeks ago, lasted about 10 minutes and consisted of one group Fallout 76 players abuse and harass another group by using homophobic frenzy of close chat while trying to hunt. Fallout 76 is an online game where gamers coexist on a map and are able to merge, trade, or in this case re-create hate crimes.
One of the victims, AJ, recorded video encounters and shared it on Twitter in an attempt to get the creator of the game, Bethesda, to record the incident and punish the involved players. "I call bully hunter," someone can hear in the video, as one of the attackers responds: "Bully hunters? You will have to call it better than that, we are homosexual eliminators." The same person can later be heard saying "Clean the Desert" while others repeatedly refer to the AJ group as "tricks" while laughing at the whole thing. They finally managed to kill AJ's character. NathanTheHicc, one of the attackers, later transmitted his own footage of the YouTube incident entitled "Queers Cleaning".
Bethesda, who did not return a request for a comment Kotaku, He said Eurogamer that he initially launched a three-day ban on offensive players after AJ split footage with them. However, after reviewing the incident, the publisher decided to ban players instead.
One of those players, NathanTheHicc, said Eurogamer that he does not regret playing a role in hate crime and would not apologize if he gets the chance. "It was just late afternoon entertainment and after the first encounter (seen on my channel), we felt it would be fun to somehow offend them," he said. "You can call evil, but I think it's just playful immaturity."
Meanwhile, AJ stated that he and his friends found the whole episode shocking and disgusting. He continued:
"And I'm very angry, these guys are running around targeting people, and what if they target a child who fights with their identity? What if all these things told someone who played a solo and had no one to talk to? it can really break someone, playing games to avoid reality, and then that's what happens. That's why we need to be able to report these people and why businesses need something to do with reports. "
While the players are in Fallout 76 can block each other, no feature reports in the games. Briefly about sharing social media footage or printing, there appear to be several ways to warn Bethesda of such incidents and prevent them from happening again in the future.