Epic Video games added voice reporting to Fortnite on Thursday, a brand new moderation function that lets gamers “submit audio proof when reporting suspected violations” of the sport’s group guidelines. Epic says that voice reporting will assist the corporate “take motion in opposition to gamers utilizing voice chat to bully, harass, discriminate, or have interaction in different inappropriate habits.”
In different phrases, in case you encounter foul language in Fortnite’s built-in voice chat, Epic’s supplying you with a brand new instrument to do one thing about it.
Fortnite’s new reporting function will document in-game voice chat, storing that audio information on gamers’ programs (not Epic’s servers, the corporate says). Gamers can then report unhealthy habits to Epic, forwarding captured voice chat to the corporate’s moderators for overview.
Voice reporting is, for what seems to be a overwhelming majority of circumstances, successfully all the time on. Actually, it’s all the time on for voice chats in video games that embrace gamers beneath the age of 18. For gamers who object to being probably recorded, Epic affords an alternate: “If you happen to’re beneath 18 and don’t want to have your voice chat audio captured, you’ll be able to mute your self or flip voice chat off fully by deciding on ‘Off’ in your voice chat settings.”
There’s an possibility to show voice reporting off, nevertheless it’s restricted to video games the place all gamers are over 18 and in events shaped amongst associates the place all gamers have voice reporting set to “Off When Doable.”
Epic says it’s solely recording 5 minutes of voice chat audio at a time, and on a rolling foundation. “This implies solely the fast final 5 minutes of audio is reportable,” the corporate stated. Epic additionally guarantees that voice stories are nameless; gamers who’ve been reported for violating group guidelines received’t know who reported them. Gamers who’ve submitted stories received’t get notified of any motion taken by Epic’s moderation crew, however the firm says it’s engaged on that function for 2024.
There’s extra data in Fortnite’s voice reporting FAQ, however a very powerful factor to know is that this: Watch your language when taking part in Fortnite if you wish to preserve your account.