Nearly 5 Million Xbox Accounts Suspended In First Half Of 2022

Nov 15, 2022 · 9


As spotted by VGC, Microsoft revealed in its recent Xbox Transparency Report that it suspended 4.78 million Xbox users in the first half of 2022 due to violating the console's rules and policies. A big share of these suspensions was due to either cheating or using inauthentic accounts.

According to Microsoft, the company has done over 7 million enforcement actions in the first half of 2022, with over 4.33 enforcements relating to either cheating or inauthentic accounts, which is a huge number, despite the fact that console gaming is usually considered immune to cheating compared to PC.

Microsoft reveals that it has received over 33 million reports in the first half of 2022, which is significantly less than 52 million reports in the same period of 2021. According to the official data, 46% of the reports were related to negative communications between players, while 43% pointed to player conduct and the rest concerned the content shared by players.

Sharing adult sexual content as well as fraud and harassment had the most share of enforcement actions after cheating and using inauthentic accounts. A small share of enforcements included phishing, piracy, account tampering, drugs, hate speech, spam, and advertising.

Despite receiving 33 million reports in the first six months of this year, Microsoft indicates that only one-third of enforcement actions were in reaction to the reports, while the rest were proactively done by Microsoft to stop players who were violating the company's rules.

The report doesn't mention any example of what can be counted as cheating, but you can find out all the details about it if you take a look at the privacy and policy statement on your Xbox console. If you have already received a suspension, you can either wait until Microsoft lifts the suspension or you can file an appeal for investigation. According to Microsoft, you will be notified of the result of the investigation, which could end up in lifting your suspension.

Microsoft has not revealed whether the aforementioned data includes PC Game Pass accounts as well or not, as the huge amount of cheating suspensions could be actually a result of cheating on PC when playing Game Pass titles.

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