Bethesda has banned several Fallout 76 players for their broad cult that stems from the need to attack homosexuals with harassing slurs.
“We have come to eliminate all gays,” said the commander and chief of the anti-gay cult.
Eurogamer has reported that Bethesda handed out a three-day suspension to one of the members just a day after the games’s official launch of November 14th. The group is said to have ambushed three players in-game, thus killing them. The PvP mode only allows a player to do the bare minimum amount of damage to players who don’t give response to the conflict.
Bethesda received the following video from one of the players who had been attacked on November 15th.
Disclaimer – The video contains language of harassment and vulgarity.
“Cleansing of the queers”, a video titled by the primary perpetrator of the cult, was uploaded to his YouTube channel to give his perspective of what was going on that night. He identified himself as someone who is currently a senior in high school, and was the one given the initial temporary suspension. He made a claim saying “I don’t hate gay people”, but even so, he is unapologetic towards his actions. “It was just a late night of having fun and after the first encounter (seen on my channel) we felt it would be fun to offend them somehow,” said the leader. “You can call that evil, but I think it’s just playful immaturity.”
Bethesda has told Euro Gamer that they followed up on their temporary ban by issuing a perma-ban to the players and thus saying that they “will not tolerate this kind of behavior by any of our players, nor toward any of our players.”
One could hypothetically just create another account on Bethesda.net and continue to play the game from a different account, however, the banned accounts will no longer be available and thus their progress will be seized forever.
The victim of harassment has said that the game has no way of reporting to Bethesda directly in case of any situation of this sort and mentioned that it was too much of a bother and broken process to try to do it directly through their site itself.
Bethesda stated that the feature to block a player is still within the game. This doesn’t necessarily help much, given that it just removes the blocked player from the map, however, they still can engage with someone as much as they’d like if they are within sight.
It’s recommended by the player who was the victim that the game needs a way to halt any actions from players who persist on these kind of actions, because blocking simply isn’t enough.
Bethesda will need a plausible solution for this, as well as other player issues that have surfaced since the release.