NHL 20 Gets New, More Direct Way To Report Offensive Club And Player Names

It isn't in-game, but toxic and offensive clubs and players can at least now be reported through NHL 20's Pro Clubs web page.

NHL 20 got a bit more of a direct way to report toxic and offensive clubs and players.

Introduced Wednesday through the EA NHL franchise’s Twitter account, you can now flag the club or player in question, then file your complaint through the Pro Clubs section of the game’s website.

The Pro Clubs page keeps a database of every club and player registered into the game’s World of Chel online suite, so you can search for the specific offender(s) after encountering them in-game.

EA said it has taken action on more than 9,000 accounts in this year’s game, and that this addition will help them better deal with offensive in-game behavior going forward. It’s a start, but there’s still no way to report flagrant behavior directly within the game, and, as the replies to the tweet show, it won’t catch everything.

Plus, a better reporting system has been more than a decade overdue, as the NHL player base has been has been notoriously immature and blatantly offensive with the games’ customization suite ever since the series brought on the Be A Pro and EASHL game modes with NHL 09.

The reporting addition to the Pro Clubs page comes a couple months after EA posted steps it planned to take to to eliminate racist, xenophobic, homophobic and sexist behaviors from its sports games. And that followed in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis Police custody, the ensuing and ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, the release of an article from The Faceoff Circle that put a spotlight on just how bad NHL’s player base can get, and a harrowing Players’ Tribune account from former NHL pro Akim Aliu that has forced hockey culture at large to look itself in the mirror and deal with its longstanding issues with racism.

NHL 21 has been pushed out of the franchise’s usual September launch to October 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully it comes with a more robust and in-game reporting system.

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Nick Tricome

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