Microsoft is committed to making players feel comfortable in the Xbox ecosystem. To do this, it actively blocks users who violate the community rules. This week, the Xbox team published a Digital Transparency Report, in which they talked about massive player bans.
From January 2022 to June 2022 (6 months), the Microsoft team suspended a total of 7.21 million Xbox accounts. 4.78 million of these bans were proactive and 2.53 million were reactive. This is more than the total number of blocked Xbox accounts for all of 2021, which was 6.72 million accounts for the year.
Proactive blocking occurs before someone has reported an account that violates the community guidelines.Reactive lock occurs after reporting a violation, if the fact of violation has been confirmed.
In its report, Microsoft explains the high number of banned Xbox accounts in 2022 as follows:
In this latest reporting period, we saw a 9x year-over-year increase in terms of Proactive Blocks. Looking at our proactive work over the last period, 4.33 million out of 4.78 million proactive actions were focused on detecting accounts that were spoofed or misused.
Below you can see the ratio of proactive suspensions of Xbox accounts for various violations.
In the same report, Microsoft shows that the overall number of player complaints has been declining in recent years. This may be indicative of a “cleaner” gaming community on Xbox.