Posted on November 10, 2011, Phil Hornshaw 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.
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