I just read Loquori’s post linked above by @IAmNotJesus, and I think it’s important to post here in its entirety:
Earlier this evening, Cloaken forwarded to me a report he received from a player showing an offensive name. The player had managed to use a 1b client to defeat the word filter by using an alternate character we used to not allow in names. As a result, I have rolled out a server hotpatch that will return to more strictly validated handles. In addition, even if a player manages to bypass it when setting their handle, we check it again when they queue for a match. If an obscene word or unacceptable character is found, we now replace it with a Temporary handle.
Unfortunately, this means the colorful names are also no longer allowed , as they also fail the strict character check.
The obscene handle reported was a racial slur made to look like a Temporary name. That is not who we are.
I was getting ready to shut my laptop down when the message from Cloaken came in. This could not wait even a day, and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I had addressed this. I cannot believe that I had to work late for this. I cannot believe that other project work had to wait for this. I cannot believe this is how I’m starting my first weekend off in the last 14 weeks. However, those frustrations are not even a drop in the ocean compared to the threat and constant drain of living while Black in North America and many other places in the world. I cannot believe that we are still fighting bigotry.
I offer a personal apology to the community that I allowed our game to be used for this kind of hatred. I knew that this was a possibility when I heard about the colors being used in names in 1b, but I dismissed it. That was a mistake, and I regret it. The servers have been updated, and I’m going to take another pass to check and see that we are doing what we can to prevent people from using our game to degrade and demean other people.
I am also thankful to the people who reported it. This only remains the status quo, if we do nothing to counter it. When we see members of our community using racial slurs, we must let them know that it is not OK. Ironic or “funny” or clever racism is still racism and is still unacceptable.
SEMC is a company of craftspeople. We strive every day to improve our technique and our teamwork. We respect and lift each other up. We take care of each other and help each other do our best work. We make mistakes. We own up to them, do our best to fix them, and make amends. That is who we are.
Well done, Loquori – it’s a sad commentary on our society that racism remains all too common in online gaming communities.