Battlefield 2042’s Commitment to Positive and Fair play

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The Battlefield team have released a blog showing how the team is tackling the game to make it more of a positive, fair and welcoming experience for all players within the Battlefield universe. This is great news for those that may feel intimidated to try out the upcoming Battlefield. Read on…

Our community is the core of Battlefield and we’re excited by how much it’s grown since we first released Battlefield 1942, nearly 20 years ago. With Battlefield 2042, we’re strengthening our commitment to ensuring Battlefield remains a welcoming experience that encourages Positive Play.

As part of this commitment, we wanted to update you on the initiatives that we’re developing to ensure our community remains a positive space.

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We want you to be proud of being a part of the Battlefield community – a globally inclusive and diverse community where any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, heritage, or country of origin are welcome. 

For that reason we’ve created a Community Charter outlining our expectations for members of our community that join us on the Battlefield:

  1. Treat Others as They Would Like to be Treated – Squad up and play the objective, together. We won’t tolerate players who negatively disrupt or engage in harmful behavior towards others.
  2. Keep Things Fair – Be on the right side of the fight. If you see players breaking the rules, report them.
  3. Share Appropriate Content – Don’t fight dirty. Make sure whatever content you’re sharing is appropriate for Battlefield players.
  4. Keep Things Honorable – Protect your squad. Keep it legal in Battlefield, and do not participate or encourage in dangerous or illegal activities.

We take our commitment to Positive & Fair play seriously, and won’t tolerate bad actors on the Battlefield. As a community, we play the objective, together.

Visit our website to read the full Battlefield Community Charter.
           


Positive Play is about ensuring you’re able to refine your social experience while playing Battlefield 2042. This comes in the form of several tools and features to help you define that experience for yourself.

  1. You are able to block or unblock players in-game, ensuring they cannot message or voice chat with you.
  2. An in-game text profanity filter will always be active.
  1. The option to mute in-game text or chat is available. You can select to mute either individuals, or all players or chat.
  2. You can report a player directly from in-game, so that you don’t need to tab-out.
  3. Battlefield Portal will also offer players several admin tools such as the ability to apply persistent bans across Community Experiences that you’ve created.

We ask you to be on the right side of the fight when it comes to keeping things fair. If you see players breaking the rules, report them so we can investigate. It helps maintain a healthy community and we appreciate your help.

With Battlefield 2042, we’ve streamlined our reporting process to make it more efficient so you can report the player and get back to the game. To make sure you understand the different reporting tools that will be available to you, we’ve outlined them here:

In-game

Reporting a player is faster than in previous Battlefield titles, and can now be done directly in-game as follows:

  1. From the Player and Squad List or Social Menu, select the player you wish to report
  2. Select Report
  3. Select the reason for your report
  1. Abusive Text Chat, Abusive Voice Chat, Cheating/Exploiting, Gameplay Sabotage, Offensive Player Name, or Harassment
  2. Select Send Report
    1. You can add an optional comment if necessary

EA Help

If for any reason you can’t report in-game or need to report something that happened online, you can also give us the details on EA Help:

  1. Click Contact Us from any page on EA Help.
    1. We recommend logging in to your EA Account.
  2. Select your Product.
  3. Select your Platform.
  4. For Topic, select Report concerns or harassment.
  5. For Issue, choose from Real-life threat, Report player, or Report website.

From here, you’ll open a webform to let us know more about what happened.

Xbox and PlayStation®

If another player has sent you harassing messages in a chat or voice on Xbox or PlayStation®, you can report them directly to PlayStation and Xbox. Find out how to do that on their websites:

  1. PlayStation™ Network – How to report inappropriate behavior.
  2. Xbox Live – How to file a complaint to report a player.

So you reported a cheater, what happens next? 

You told us it was unclear what happens next when you report a cheater. So we’ve made a few changes for Battlefield 2042 to ensure you’re kept in the loop once you’ve submitted your report:

  1. If you report a cheater, we’ll let you know in-game that we’ve received your report. 
  2. If we’ve taken action based on that report, we’ll let you know via email that action was taken on the cheater.

Ensuring Fair Play for anyone that steps onto the Battlefield is something we take seriously at DICE. In short, that means we don’t tolerate cheating, and we have teams dedicated to preventing, identifying, and sanctioning cheaters.

In Battlefield 2042 our first approach to ensuring Fair Play is that we’ll use Easy-Anti Cheat (EAC) as our anti-cheat tool of choice. EAC already has a proven track record in identifying  cheaters, such as within Apex Legends and STAR WARS™: Squadrons. It is also proven to be effective in ensuring your privacy, and security.

Another change for Battlefield 2042 is that due to cross-play functionality, when a cheater is sanctioned it will cause them to be instantly disconnected mid-match and permanently banned across all platforms. As before, we still have the ability to apply IP and hardware bans if necessary. To keep our community a fair place, we have a no tolerance rule in place. There are no warnings and no suspensions when it comes to cheating. If you don’t play by the rules, you’re out. Any actions made on your account can be appealed via EA Help.

Lastly, ensuring Fair Play and combating modern cheating solutions is an ongoing commitment that doesn’t end at launch. While not always visible to you as a player, this means that post launch we’ll continue to invest in developing internal capabilities and technologies that augment 3rd party anti-cheat solutions, provide multiple layers of defense, and ensure our games are fair and fun for everyone.


Easy Anti-Cheat will be in place for both the Open Beta from October 6th to October 10th, and for the full release of Battlefield 2042 this November.

Console – Mouse & Keyboard Support 

We’ve heard your questions about mouse and keyboard support for consoles. We can confirm that we won’t be supporting this on consoles at the launch of Battlefield 2042, but we are still investigating the various options about making that available, and how it may impact cross-play. If that ever changes, you’ll hear it from us first.

Lastly, we’d like to reiterate that Positive Play is an ongoing commitment which we’ll continue to work on when Battlefield 2042 launches on November 19. If you have any further feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

Stay safe, No-Pats.


Battlefield Community Charter

Community is at the core of Battlefield, and we’re excited by how our community has grown since the first iterations of Battlefield nearly 20 years ago. With Battlefield 2042, staying true to our core and ensuring Battlefield is a welcoming experience that encourages Positive Play for all remains essential. 

Alongside Battlefield, the spaces where our players come together for their love of the game have also evolved. Community is no longer solely an in-game experience, and for that reason we’ve created a Community Charter outlining our expectations for our community members.

As a community, we play the objective, together.

No-Pats follow the rules

Battlefield is a globally inclusive and diverse community where any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, heritage or country of origin is welcome.

If you are joining us in Battlefield then you are expected to abide by the following rules:

  1. Treat Others As They Would Like To Be Treated – Squad up and play the objective, together. We won’t tolerate players who negatively disrupt or engage in harmful behavior towards others.
  2. Keep Things Fair – Be on the right side of the fight. If you see players breaking the rules, report them.
  3. Share Appropriate Content – Don’t fight dirty. Make sure whatever content you’re sharing is appropriate for Battlefield players.
  4. Keep Things Honorable – Protect your squad. Keep it legal in Battlefield, and do not participate or encourage in dangerous or illegal activities.

Failing to follow these guidelines will have consequences meaning your time on the battlefield will come to an end. We may place restrictions on your account and revoke your access to Battlefield 2042. If you have repeat or severe instances, we may permanently terminate your EA account.

Treat Others As They Would Like To Be Treated

Squad up and play the objective, together. We won’t tolerate players who negatively disrupt or engage in harmful behavior towards others. Here are some things you can do to ensure you are doing your part to make Battlefield as welcoming as possible.

Respect others on the Battlefield
It costs nothing to treat your fellow players with dignity. Cooperate with your squad and show new players the ropes by providing helpful pointers. 

Fight cleanly
Don’t harass, threaten, bully, spam, or do anything else to another player that is unwanted. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you’d like them to treat you with.

Report violations of protocol
See someone harassing or impersonating another player or partaking in hateful conduct? Or do you feel unsafe while playing a match? Use the in-game report function, or let us know via EA Help.

Report feedback
Do you have feedback about a particular feature or issue you’ve run into during your time with Battlefield 2042? Let us know through our Battlefield forums.


Keep Things Fair

Be on the right side of the fight. If you see players breaking the rules, report them.

Don’t cheat
Don’t do it. Don’t even think about doing it. Cheating includes using exploits, undocumented features, design errors, bugs or other problems that unfairly give you the leg up on your opponent. Fair play is an essential part to maintaining the enjoyability of the Battlefield experience – don’t be the person who ruins everyone’s day.

Don’t be a nuisance
Actively annoying players by spamming chat with distracting messages or blocking other players’ access points to the objective is just as bad as cheating.

What’s yours is yours. Protect it.
Do not trade or sell your EA account to any players, and do not buy an EA account from other players.  It’s against our rules and may be actioned. To keep your account safe, we recommend you turn on Login Verification.

Learn the rules of engagement
Battlefield has a variety of modes with different objectives and rules. Take the time to learn and understand the requirements of each mode, either by learning from the in-game tutorials, other Battlefield 2042 players, or EA Help.


Share Appropriate Content

Don’t fight dirty. Make sure whatever content you’re sharing is appropriate for Battlefield players.

Think twice before you share
Always make sure whatever content you’re about to share in-game isn’t offensive. Don’t share or create content that is abusive, hateful, lewd, threatening, or unlawful. This includes usernames, server names and Experiences made in Battlefield Portal. If you have to ask yourself if it’s offensive, chances are it’s best not to share.

If you can’t say something nice…
Don’t spam the chat with profanity or try to get away with it by replacing certain letters with symbols. We know what you’re trying to do. It’s not that clever.


Keep Things Honorable

Protect your squad. Keep it legal in Battlefield and do not participate in or encourage dangerous or illegal activities.

This includes: 

  1. Blackmail
  2. Doxxing
  3. Drug use
  4. Extorting
  5. Fraud
  6. Gambling
  7. Making personal or terrorist threats
  8. Swatting
  9. Soliciting minors for sexual imagery or favors


Be the Squad Leader for your community
If you see incidents harmful to the communitythenbe sure to report them through the tools available to you.

We are dedicated to ensuring that the Battlefield community remains healthy and inclusive. We will not ban players unless the situation absolutely calls for it. However, we will take action to protect our players against harmful behavior, cheating, and illegal activity. When you sign up for an EA account and/or use an EA Service, you agree to the rules in our User Agreement by checking the “I Agree” box. You can review the full list of rules in Section 6 of our User Agreement.

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Consequences

The guidelines in the Battlefield Community charter are part of EA’s commitment to Positive Play, and apply to all EA games, services, and platforms. If you break any of our Community Guidelines or violate our User Agreement, we may place restrictions on your account and revoke your access to certain or all EA Services. A short-term ban or suspension is our way of preventing further disruptive behavior and asking you to reexamine how you behave so you can learn from mistakes. We’re not mad at you; you just need a break.

If you do receive a ban or suspension on your account, we’ll always send you an email informing you of the action and explain the reason behind our decision. We take these measures not to punish our players, but rather to ensure our communities remain positive, fun, fair and safe for all. If you believe that any action has been taken against your Account or device in error, you can reach out to Customer Support at help.ea.com.


Repeat or Severe Offenses

If you have repeat or severe instances, we may permanently terminate your account. This includes all of your EA Accounts if you have more than one account.

When your EA Account is terminated, you will lose your username and access to the account. If you think the action taken against you is by mistake, let us know.

Remember, Play The Objective, and report harmful behavior if you see it. For more details on our Battlefield Community Charter, visit battlefield.com.