Call of Duty: Elite Locks Out Under-18 Players; Some Kind of Younger Content Coming

It seems there’s something Activision and Beachhead Studios, the division working on the publisher’s Call of Duty: Elite social stat-tracking service, didn’t think of. Namely, that the community playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has a large contingent of under-18 players, despite the game’s Mature rating.

But it seems Elite is set to lock out players who list themselves as minors. That’s something that players who picked up the Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition — which includes a year subscription to the Elite premium tier of service — weren’t made aware of, it seems, much to their annoyance.

It seems Activision isn’t ignoring the cries of those players whose moms did the actual MW3 purchasing on Tuesday, however. According to the Twitter account of Activision customer support rep Mikey, the company is looking into the issue and working on some kind of fix for underage players.

What exactly that’ll mean isn’t clear just yet, though. It’s presumable that Activision doesn’t want to police the user-created content on Elite too much, and it also doesn’t want to play boss to underage players who might have gotten permission from their own parental units to play the game. On the other hand, there are probably the legal implications of offering contests and prizes (part of Elite’s premium tier of service) to winners who are potentially not 18. That creates a whole conundrum of permission and guardianship woes, plus it’s hard to be sure if the person claiming the prize is actually the person who won it and so on.

We’ve reached out to Activision to find out what solutions they might be trying to implement to the under-18 problem — if any — and we’ll keep you posted as we find out more.

Via MP1st.

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6 Comments on Call of Duty: Elite Locks Out Under-18 Players; Some Kind of Younger Content Coming

Razer

On November 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hope it will allow me to use my Hardened Founder Card.

Geo

On November 11, 2011 at 1:38 am

I don’t see why the ELITE application on the xbox has to use your xbox live accounts information. You should be able to sign up and make a new account for the ELITE application. My account is under 18, but what if for example my father wanted to use ELITE. He should not have to create a new account and lose all progression . He should be able to create an over 18 account and use that. (which I would use too) :D
People need to realize a few things… The game may be rated M to BUY, but anyone can PLAY the game. If people under 18 were not allowed to play then they would restrict my account to not be able to play M rated games. So the game is not meant to be played by people over 18.

Razer

On November 11, 2011 at 5:20 am

@Geo
It has something to do with state laws about Elite’s contests and giveaways. Easy solution: don’t let minors participate in the contests. At least they get some of the features.

polar

On November 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

@Geo
Just as you think its your right to play this game when you are under 18 I, and many other like me, do want a service where we don’t have to mingle with younger players. Naturally age is not an indicator of maturity but given any other situation it is completely inappropriate for adults and minors to interact socially.
It all comes down to parenting and sadly these days parents are shirking more and more of their responsibilities as when it isn’t a legal issue, its simply easier to give in to their children’s demands rather than approaching this from a moral standpoint. If I had a kid I wouldn’t want them playing with someone twice their age.

Bottom line – I’m not about to go down to a park to play with the kids and teenies, (that’s how you get yourself arrested) so why is the choice simply taken away from me online? There should be dedicated servers for different age groups.

Geo

On November 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I am extremely happy today! I went onto my xbox live account (which is an under 18 account) for the first time in a few days. I decided to give the old COD ELITE a try seeing how they have told me they were working on a way to get people who were under 18 onto the ELITE service, they just didn’t know when it would be available. And to my surprise IT WORKED!! I decided to check out all the updates that have been implemented in the past couple weeks by going onto Activisions support site where they post the most up to date updates for whats happening with COD ELITE. I read a few things that made me even more happy then being able to use ELITE. Before today, I was lead into thinking that Activision was going to release ELITE to people who were under 18 with mountains of restrictions, to the point where I don’t even know if the service would be worth it. Including fully restricted on the social aspect of ELITE, no tournaments, and no competing at all, plus much more.
As I read the updates I learned that people under 18 (OR PEOPLES ACCOUNTS THAT ARE UNDER 18) can now FULLY experience COD ELITE. The only thing now is that people who are under 18 can not get PHYSICAL prizes in tournaments. BUT the amazing thing about this is that COD ELITE does NOT use your xbl account information to figure out if you are over or under 18. All you have to do is simply enter your age :D This means “my dad” could play in the tournament where physical prizes will be given away. To sum everything up I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to Activision!! They made the right choice on fixing their ELITE service to cater to people under 18 who are still mature enough to be involved with people over 18. I will look forward to seeing everyone on ELITE. Anyone have anything to say?

caden

On April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I hope they do it fast because I signed up accidently and put that I was under 18 and now it won’t let me sign in!!!!!

caden

On April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I hope they do it fast because I signed up accidently and put that I was under 18 and now it won’t let me sign in!!!!!

caden

On April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I hope they do it fast because I signed up accidently and put that I was under 18 and now it won’t let me sign in!!!!!