Racists, Russians, gamers, and now Karens are America’s most persecuted minority. So if you tick four of those boxes, you can be sure that the Man will really be out for you.
So far as I know, this is the first time in history that Valve – the parent company of Steam, the world’s most popular video games store – has banned a user for “extreme racist spam.”
You can peruse lcompote’s powerful comments at this Imgur album.
To date, the only major restriction I was aware of concerned enforcement of American sanctions (e.g. Iran, Crimea). But I assume the clampdown is now going to turn domestic. GabeN, a boomer with classical liberal views on freedom of speech, isn’t getting any younger, and the SJW march through the institutions will continue regardless, so I expect the golden age of multiplayer gaming replete with racist shit-talking to soon be definitively over. And can’t be long before they start banning people for things they do outside video gaming (as Uber and Airbnb already do).
Unfortunately, piracy is much harder to do well with games. Yes, there’s the (Polish) GOG store, which comes without DRM. But at least far as many MP games are concerned, many of them are directly integrated with the Steam platform. I suppose avoiding having all of one’s eggs in one basket by making lots of different accounts could be one solution.