Microsoft explains Gaywood GamerTag ban

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 22 May 2008 07:01 GMT

Microsoft’s explained why it banned a man from using his surname as a GamerTag on Xbox Live. As reported yesterday, Richard Gaywood – GamerTag RichardGaywood – had his named blocked on the service as included the word “gay”.

“We want the Xbox LIVE community to have the freedom to express themselves, but we also have a responsibility to create an inclusive, safe environment,” Microsoft’s Stephen Toulouse told Kotaku.

“While it may be clear to some that Gaywood is a legitimate surname, it may not be obvious to other Xbox LIVE members. In this case, a complaint was filed by a member of the community, requiring the Xbox LIVE team to examine the gamertag within the context of the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use. Based on the these guidelines, it was necessary for the GamerTag to change.”

Pathetic. Let’s hope there are no gamers out there called Allcock or Bender. They’ll be coming after you next.

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