Gamer Suspended Over Name of W.Va. Town: Fort Gay

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"Gay" is offensive to Microsoft

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Microsoft Corp. and Xbox Live are apologizing to a small West Virginia town and a 26-year-old gamer accused of violating the Xbox code of conduct by declaring he's from Fort Gay.

 

 

The town in western West Virginia is real. But Seattle-based Microsoft and the Xbox enforcement team wouldn't take Josh Moore's word for it.

They suspended his gaming privileges for a few days last week until he could convince them his Wayne County hometown is real.

Xbox chief enforcement officer Stephen Toulouse acknowledges the agent reviewing a fellow gamer's complaint against Moore made a mistake. He says keeping up with slang and policing Xbox for offensive language is challenging, but mistakes in judgment are rare.

Toulouse says training has since been updated.


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