WoW: Blizzard bans players from the Community Council - what was the reason?

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When Blizzard announced the creation of a Community Council for World of Warcraft at the beginning of November 2021, in order to noticeably improve communication between players and developers, it was clear to many players that this could only be a new PR stunt by the developers! Unfortunately, that's how it is when you gamble away the trust of the fans over several years.

Community Council criticized

In the meantime, it's the year 2022 and we can at least state that the appointed council members have so far brought up a whole lot of topics in the corresponding forum area that have the potential to make WoW a better game. And to some extent, it's working: the developers are speaking out more openly here and there than they have in a long time.

At the same time, the Community Council, or rather Blizzard's handling of the Community Council, has been criticized. One reproach: Sometimes it takes weeks until a Blizzard developer speaks up in a post, in too many topics of the council members there's no reaction at all so far. And the thread "Links to Notable Discussions" has only one link so far, although it should be extended regularly with new discussions.

Banning of council members

Then in December 2021 there was the first big drama around the Community Council. The focus was on the player Prosident, who until then had written a large part of the posts in the Council forum and had even set up an extra Discord server for the Community Council.
Asmongold had the chance to talk to Prosident about the council drama and his spell. Source: buffed The reason for the latter action: In his opinion, a forum is only suitable as a pure discussion platform. If you really want to get things moving, you need more interaction and also more direct interaction, you need clearly formulated goals and rules. In addition, in Discord, normal players then also have the opportunity to raise their issues, which can then be forwarded by the Council to the developers.

What happened?

Apart from a few trolls here and there, there were no problems with the Discord itself. However, it became problematic in a discussion in this Discord, which revolved around reasons why players stopped playing WoW (buy now ) in the last few years. One user took the opportunity to make his racist views clear:"There are too many black people hanging around Stormwind. "

Prosident's response, "I'm not sure if you're actually a racist or if it's because Blizzard is trying to inject us with certain real-world views, but I think that might be a reason ..."

In an interview with Asmongold later, he explained that he just wanted to give the user a chance to better explain his post, which was clearly racist at first glance. After all, many players would use Discord whose native language is not English. In addition, he knows many players who have quit WoW for similar reasons, keywords "Free Hong Kong" and "Black Lives Matter", and this is not because they are against BLM, for example, but because Blizzard, from their point of view, treats the issue disrespectfully.

Racist or no racist?

Freya Lily had understood Prosident's post quite differently and publicly pilloried the posts accordingly:

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She then apparently received numerous hostilities for this, which she then commented on as follows:

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Further accusations and ban

Meanwhile, in an interview with Asmongold, Prosident explains that he just wanted to make sure he was dealing with a"****ing" racist. When no response came from the user, he was immediately banned. The tweet shown above did not go online until many hours after the ban, Prosident added.

However, Freya Lily's tweet was only the trigger, many other people are said to have then jumped on the bashing bandwagon to further expand Prosident's bad image. So Prosident is said to have asked other players to rate his posts positively to improve his status, at the same time he expressed himself in the EU and US forum again and again very critical of Blizzard or toxic towards other players (when it came to PvP). But otherwise there should have been nothing, according to Prosident in conversation with Asmongold. He also stopped using the N-word many years ago (editor's note: Yep, he really said that).

But the result was then nevertheless: Blizzard informed Prosident with a mail that he had behaved several times in his unofficial Discord, but also on other sites and in the social media area in a way that makes him unacceptable as a member of the council. A permanent ban was probably on top of that.

Prosident himself is sure that it was not only Freya Lily's post that caused this, but also other members of the council who were less than thrilled that he had simply opened a Discord channel of his own accord. At the very least, many of the numerous posts he was said to have received after opening the Discord were very toxic.


You can watch Asmongold's video in full here:

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Prosident, by the way, does not think that the Council is a pure PR move by Blizzard. In this story, the developers simply reacted because they certainly felt they had to react somehow. In addition, Christmas and vacations were also on the agenda for the devs in December, so the council should be given a few more weeks and months before making a judgment.

What do you think about the whole thing and the Community Council? Tell us in the comments!

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