Microsoft bans the Confederate flag from Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport games

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has issued a statement outlawing the use of the Confederate flag in all Forza games.
  • Use will be categorized as "notorious iconography" and will result in a ban.
  • In the real world, NASCAR recently outlawed the flag at its events in a continued effort to create a more welcoming atmosphere to all.

With the current situations globally surrounding social injustice, major brands have all begun to take steps towards a better, more inclusive environment for all. Microsoft is one of those brands, with a recent period of media blackout just one way the company tried to highlight stories more important than their own.

And now, Microsoft is outlawing the Confederate flag from all Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon games. The news was issued in a statement via the Forza Support Twitter channel.

Use of the flag will result in an instant ban in any circumstances, which includes any replica paint jobs of the infamous General Lee. It's a small step but one Microsoft clearly hopes will keep the Forza universe a welcoming one for all players. This comes soon after NASCAR, in the real world, also outlawed the Confederate flag at all of its events for similar reasons.

The move is part of a wider mission statement on providing a safe and inclusive environment for all Forza players with a zero tolerance approach to rule breaking. You can check it out in full over on the Forza support forum.

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