What’s Your Gamer Reputation?

Reputation matters in online reviews, school rankings, job search, and more. Now, Xbox is bringing reputation to a brand new place: gaming.

On the Xbox One, Microsoft is preparing to roll out player reputation scores. The system is designed to identify players who may be abuse in online gaming.

gamer reputation scores on xbox Live game platform

gamer reputation scores on xbox Live game platform

Reputation scores will be rated:

  • “Good Players” – The majority of gamers will fall into this level. As we’ve said before, we have plans to introduce rewards for good behavior and look forward to sharing more in the future!
  • Warnings for “Needs Work” – Beginning this month, some players will start receiving reputation warnings as their reputations drop due to feedback from the community. The purpose of these communications is to remind players about their effect on the community and encourage them to have more positive interactions. These warnings are based on community feedback collected since Xbox One launched.
  • Penalties for “Avoid Me” – If players do not heed warnings and continue to have a negative impact on other players and the Xbox Live community, they will begin to experience penalties. For example, people with an “Avoid Me” rating will have reduced matchmaking pairings and may be unable to use certain privileges such as Twitch broadcasting.

Xbox Live program manager Micheal Dunn explains,

By looking at someone’s Gamercard you’re able to quickly see their reputation. The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be. The algorithm looks to identify players that are repeatedly disruptive across the community on Xbox Live. The vast majority of players do not regularly receive feedback from other players and, thus, will stay at the “Good Player” reputation level.

Rewards for a Positive Gamer Reputation

In addition to penalties for abusive gamers, Xbox Live plans to reward players with good social behavior. Players that are identified as good members of the community may receive special perks. This reward system is still in the brainstorming stages, but may soon roll out with Xbox One’s reputation rankings.

Does Your Gamer Reputation Matter in Real Life?

In short, probably not. But gamer reputation ratings do offer a good lesson in maintaining a good reputation no matter what the venue.

It’s certainly a long shot to think that a bad gamer reputation could impact things like your job search or your business, but it is possible. If your gamertag is a screen name that you use frequently online, it’s easy to look up your Xbox Live identity. Anyone searching for this screen name could reveal an embarrassingly bad gamer reputation. Further, the Xbox One is designed to be an all in one entertainment system, branching out into social apps like Skype. If you’ve connected with real life friends, family, or acquaintances on Xbox Live, they may think twice about an “Avoid Me” reputation.

Whatever their impact, Xbox Live’s gamer reputation ratings show that reputation matters now more than ever, and in more forms than ever before. This move to create gamer reputation ratings is just another sign of growth in the reputation economy. No matter what you’re doing, you should always consider how your actions reflect on your reputation, whether it’s in an online game, social media, or even real life.

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About the Author

Born and proudly raised in Syracuse, NY, Joseph joined the team in 2008 as the Director of Reputation Management after earning his B.S. in Public Policy. He is now the Vice President of the department.

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