Some Xbox players are being banned from Microsoft’s network after sharing screenshots Baldur’s Gate 3 made on the console itself. According to reports appearing on forums and social media, the dissemination of images and videos of sexual content present within the game is being punished — something that bothered the team at Larian Studios, responsible for the RPG.
“We have seen reports that some players have been banned or had issues with Xbox for sharing screenshots/videos of gameplay content,” Michael Douse, the studio’s publishing director, wrote on X (the old Twitter). “We are talking to Microsoft and investigating the case. Annoying and not cool.”
The executive’s comment came mainly after a player reported being banned for a year from the Xbox social platform. After the case was publicized, other similar cases began to appear, showing that it was not just an isolated case.
The bans appear to reflect friction between Xbox’s publishing policies and the type of content it Baldur’s Gate 3 offers. Voted game of the year in 2023 at The Game Awards, the title offers impressive freedom for the player to do whatever he wants, including getting sexually involved with other characters — including a bear. And it seems that it is this type of scene that is generating the punishments.
However, Microsoft has always been very strict in its rules regarding what can and cannot be shared on the console’s network, especially because it knows that there are many minors within its ecosystem. So what seems to be happening is that the captures of Baldur’s Gate 3 are being framed for prohibited sexual content.
The problem is that, from the player’s point of view and from Larian Studios itself, there is nothing wrong being done. After all, people are not doing anything to circumvent Xbox rules, just sharing scenes that are present in the game, without any type of alteration or anything like that. In short, it’s as if Baldur’s Gate 3 was going against Microsoft’s policies, which seems to have caused the dispute between the two companies.