FIFA player Patrick O’Brien has been permanently banned by EA for racially charged messages sent to real-life soccer player Ian Wright.
EA has permanently banned a FIFA player who launched racial attacks on footballer Ian Wright. The 18-year-old’s ban follows a trend by major video game companies cracking down on racism and hate speech, such as Blizzard, which has been aggressively banning accounts for such behavior.
Racism has always been a problem in games, especially given the ease of anonymity. Sometimes it’s not just words on a screen, it can be someone’s voice in a game or even on a player’s team. It has even defined some communities, even if it does not represent the values of the companies that make the game where these communities are developed. Last summer, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, many games issued in-game statements to try to tackle the issue head-on, hoping to bring people together at a time when the world needed unity. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare He even took the opportunity to put Black Lives Matter messages on every multiplayer loading screen over a period of time.
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irish FIFA Gamer Patrick O’Brien lost an Ultimate Team match while using Ian Wright, which, for whatever reason, led him to send over 20 racist messages to the real-life gamer on Instagram. The player was taken to court, but due to his good behavior and the fact that he showed remorse, the judge did not issue a criminal conviction. However, EA banned the player for life and David Jackson, vice president of the EA Sports FIFA brand, pointed out how important this is to Eurogamer. “We greatly value your partnership and support, and we also want you to know that you have our support. Last year, Ian was the subject of a terrible racist verbal attack by a player who lost a FIFA 20 match. This player behavior was unacceptable on all levels, and we will not tolerate it. Our Positive Play Card guides our actions in a situation like this, and we have taken action to permanently ban the player from playing or accessing our games. Racism must end. We are committed to continue our work in a positive game, through actions that will make our communities fun, fair and safe for all. “
Wright himself issued a statement He said he was disappointed with the verdict, but spoke highly of how EA has handled the situation, noting that the company even apologized to him personally. “Brother of EA Sports, they supported me”, Wright said on a podcast. “After this attack they changed their entire policy. And you know with a company like this, the different levels, and can you imagine the legality you have to go through to change your policy? Not only for me, it is for their staff, for players, the talent, the people they partner with. Zero tolerance. Zero tolerance. And action will be taken. “ It’s clear that games are trying to evolve beyond their reputation for racist slurs and chat hatred.
Earlier this year, Tekken player ‘TheBadGuY’ was killed in a racist incident. The longer this behavior continues to grow and boil beneath the surface without consequences, the more people will become comfortable with a racist mindset, which leads to confusion, discomfort, and anger. With EA’s efforts to address toxicity in their communities, including the competitive and heated community of FIFA, is a step in the right direction. Holding people accountable is crucial in times like this, and it’s good to see a massive company like EA take the right steps to achieve it.
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