Everyone who’s played so much as a 15 minutes of Candy Crush knows that, aside from mechanics, graphics, and all that other good stuff — swearing is a crucial part of playing games. Swear too much at your Xbox One in gameplay footage though, and your account can get suspended if you upload it.
Kinect likes to listen to you. It’s a big part of the console’s appeal. But it doesn’t like to hear your swears. At least not in Upload Studio, the Xbox One service that lets you share gameplay clips (with non-profane voiceover!) with friends, and save those clips to your SkyDrive. If you’ve got a dirty mouth, you can run into trouble.
A number of Xbox One users piped up over on the Xbox forums, complaining that they couldn’t use Skype or Upload Studio thanks to “past behaviour,” and now Microsoft has weighed in to explain the situation. And part of the situation is that you can’t swear too much in Upload.
As Microsoft put it to Polygon:
To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.
It seems that users who are being banned from Skype have received a full Xbox Live ban in another app for non-swearing bad behaviour, but swearing too much in Upload will get you what seems to be a temporary, 24 hour ban on first offence. What happens on a second offence, or what constitutes “too much swearing,” isn’t entirely clear yet. So for the time being, it might be wise to watch your mouth. [Polygon]