Baldur's Gate 3 developers are fighting for our right to record clips of any scenes on Xbox without the risk of account bans

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Some of our favorite characters in BG3 like Shadowheart could lead to our Xbox accounts being banned. (Image credit: Larian Studios)

What you need to know

  • Reddit user Daddy-Vegas reportedly received a 1-year ban by Xbox for recording explicit scenes in Baldur's Gate 3.
  • This isn't the first time Xbox has banned user's for recording clips on Xbox that violated the TOS.
  • Michael Douse, director of publishing at Larian, said they are aware of the issue and discussing the situation with Xbox.

The Baldur's Gate fiasco on Xbox continues. From coming out later than the Playstation 5 version due to development delays for the Xbox Series S to the game save issue that only seems to affect Xbox and can cause players to lose their entire save file. It seems there is another issue affecting only Xbox players who want to enjoy the 2023 Game of the Year, Baldur's Gate 3. 

Reddit User Daddy-Vegas posted on the r/BaldursGate3 subreddit a warning to Xbox Users to not record game clips. The image shared in the post showed subsequent bans for game clips ending in a one-year ban on the user's Xbox account. The user said the clips were of some "naked camp time fun."

XBox Users: DO NOT RECORD GAME CLIPS from r/BaldursGate3

Will you get banned for recording Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox?

As for right now, it seems the best option moving forward is not to record any clips in Baldur's Gate 3 that could be deemed to violate Xbox's terms of service in case an automated service ends up banning your account. That being said, the Reddit user did give an update to their post, stating:

"UPDATE:

WE DID IT!!!! I just got an email from Xbox:

"Thanks for your reply. We have taken a second look at this case and have elected to lift this account's current enforcement and remove all strikes relevant to this enforcement."

So, there seems to be some hope there. This sudden change to the ban could be due to Larian reaching out to Xbox, even though the post on X (Twitter) wasn't published until today and Daddy-Vegas's ban was lifted yesterday per Reddit. Larian is still trying to support Xbox even when issues keep bubbling to the surface. 

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It seems like there is hope that if you have been banned, you should be able to appeal the decision and hopefully get it reversed. It seems an unjust punishment when we are all working so hard to earn these awesome cutscenes. Of course, some people would want to record them to revel in the accomplishment. 

What do you think about Xbox banning users from recording content that is playable on an Xbox-approved 3rd party game? What do you think about censorship overall in video games? Let us know in the comments. 

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Larian Studios' gargantuan D&D CRPG is one of the biggest triumphs in gaming history, so it's no wonder that it won Game of the Year and five other titles at The Game Awards. For fans of the genre or tabletop roleplaying, it's an absolute must-play.

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