After making a committment to Black Lives Matter and racial equality, publisher Electronic Arts is now tackling player toxicity at large. The company has unveiled its “Positive Play” charter, an updated set of guidelines for player behaviour for all of its games, services and platforms such as forums. The charter itself is pretty basic stuff—so basic in fact it’s a bit surprising some what’s in it didn’t exist before. Guidelines include “don’t be a jerk,” “provide useful feedback,” and “maybe think twice before posting that”. 

The charter also outlines what kinds of content are deemed inappropriate, and what language you should use while playing with others. Violation of the rules will result in short-term bans, and banned users will receive an email explaining why the action was taken. Repeat offenders can expect to be banned permanently. 

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