Sea of Thieves Community Code of Conduct + Forum Rules
Welcome to the Sea of Thieves Forums!
Here you will find a friendly community where you can give feedback, discuss ideas, give gameplay advice, share fan creations and hang out with your fellow Sea of Thieves pirates!
There is a community-created Pirate Code which is the foundation for the following rules. Even when waging war across the decks of rival raiders, all crews should ultimately hold one another in respect!
The Sea of Thieves Forums are moderated in English by Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands. More information on those roles can be found in this thread.
The team moderates both the Forums and the Sea of Thieves community in general against the following Community Code of Conduct.
Sea of Thieves Community Code of Conduct
Community is a central focus for us on Sea of Thieves. Its core concept has always been players creating stories together, and since the game’s unveiling at E3 2015 we’ve loved seeing the community grow with us. We’re proud that Sea of Thieves has brought together millions of players from across the world and all walks of life.
Building the game with our community and hearing their feedback has been important to us since our very first test. Our positive community is a testament to our players and the way they’ve embraced our vision for a welcoming and inclusive multiplayer game. If you haven’t already, check out the Pirate Code that we created with the community back in 2017.
As the game has grown, so has our community and the places we interact with them. In line with the Xbox Community Standards, we wanted to put together a Code of Conduct that covers our expectations for community behaviour – not just in-game, but across all our official channels and community spaces. Whether you’re a seasoned pirate or someone dipping their toes into Sea of Thieves for the first time, here’s how we expect our players to behave.
Be respectful. Sea of Thieves is a game for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, nationality, creed or disability. Treat everyone with respect. Diversity only enriches this larger-than-life pirate community of ours and makes Sea of Thieves’ world a far more interesting one to explore. When we all play, everyone wins.
Be welcoming to new players. We were all new pirates once, so pay it back by welcoming first-time players or those still learning the ropes. It’ll set them an example of how to behave and make them want to return, weaving their own stories into the lore of Sea of Thieves. You may even make some steadfast new crewmates.
Be a good sport. Sea of Thieves is a pirate game, and stealth, stealing and battles are all part of the fun. All pirates on the seas accept that, but be a good sportsman in both victory and loss.
Be courteous. Don’t insult players you don’t know. If humour is the intent, remember that this can be lost or misinterpreted online, and words can very easily offend. Be mindful of what you’re saying and if someone asks a question, see if you can help them out as you’d appreciate being helped out yourself if the roles were reversed.
Keep it appropriate. Avoid swearing in unfamiliar company where possible. Don’t post anything containing NSFW material – this has no place in Sea of Thieves or its community spaces. And while we all have opinions of the world around us, people aren’t necessarily playing Sea of Thieves to talk about politics or contentious real-world issues. Switch off, escape and enjoy the freedom of the seas instead.
Remember kids are playing. Sea of Thieves is home to players of all ages, so keep your posts and conversations appropriate for younger players and families.
Sea of Thieves is a game. Games are meant to be fun. If you become angry or frustrated, take a break. Don’t be rash and act out your anger in a way that could ruin the experience for others and lead to a report being filed against you.
Sea of Thieves is a fantasy. It is not a historical depiction of piracy from any real-world place or time period. We will not abide arguments in favour of such things as slavery. If that’s the game you want, you’re in the wrong place.
The things you post are public. Don’t disclose real-life personal information that could result in fraud, hacking or impersonation. Be mindful about what you share in any online space.
Discriminate against anyone based on who they are. As stated previously, Sea of Thieves is a game for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, nationality, creed or disability. Prejudice of any kind is totally unacceptable.
Harass, bully, intimidate, threaten or encourage others to do harm. None of these behaviours will be tolerated. Any activity you engage in that is solely designed to target and upset another player or crew constitutes bullying. Repeated activity designed to ruin the experience of another player or crew constitutes harassment. Not only do we take these things very seriously, many law enforcement agencies recognise online abuse as an offence. If necessary, we will report incidents to the relevant authorities to take further action.
Share anything illegal. If it’s illegal in real life, it has no place in our community. Discussing or distributing banned content, copyrighted material or anything related to drugs or black market goods will not be tolerated in our spaces.
Cheat or hack. We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of in-game hacking or cheating, and transgression can result in a permanent ban. Data-mined content is also prohibited from our channels as it can ruin future game updates for players who have no wish to be exposed to incomplete or out-of-context information.
Advertise, spam, troll or engage in witch hunts. There are areas in our official Forums and on our verified Discord server where you can advertise your own community groups – just ask if you don’t know where to find them. Other kinds of advertising are not appropriate. Any form of spamming should be avoided. Trolling, baiting and witch hunts are also unacceptable. If you have evidence that you think our Customer Support team should see to help them take action against a player, send it to them using the process outlined at the end of this article.
Stream snipe. Streamers of all sizes have played a major part in Sea of Thieves’ story so far, and we love seeing all our players share their stories with others. The act of stream sniping can ruin the experience not only for the streamers who are playing but for all their viewers. Repeated stream sniping is deemed to be harassment and punishable as appropriate.
Code of Conduct Breaches
We take our Community Code of Conduct seriously. We will take action on accounts that we determine to have breached our Code of Conduct or the Microsoft T&Cs. Account actions can range from warnings and suspensions to permanent account termination from our game and services at our discretion, where doing so would be in the best interests of Rare or our customers.
If you believe that someone has broken our Code of Conduct or the Microsoft T&Cs, please read the article at the link below and create a support ticket. This will be reviewed and the appropriate action taken by our support team.
If you believe someone has broken our Code of Conduct or Microsoft T&Cs on the Forums specifically, please read the topic below and flag the offending post for moderation. This will be reviewed and the appropriate action taken by our community team.
Thanks for reading!
Don't forget that whilst using the Sea of Thieves Forums, you're also subject to the following policies.
While our general code of conduct is something we expect all of our community to adhere to whilst on any Sea of Thieves or Rare channel, we do also have rules specific to some of those platforms that take into account how those platforms are used and moderated by us. See below for more details.
Forum Specific Rules
Impersonating a Rare Employees, Global Moderators, Deckhands
On the Forums Rare Employees, Global Moderators and Deckhands all have a special flair when they post. If you are unsure if someone belongs to those groups, you can also check these categories to check gamertags.
Impersonating or misrepresenting yourself as a Rare Employee, Global Moderator and Deckhand will result in a permanent ban in the Forums.
Making topics or posts in order to drive traffic or boost sales is strictly forbidden. Doing so will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.
Spamming, Baiting and Trolling
Posts and threads that are created in order to spam, cause unrest or troll the community will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned.
These actions can be and are not limited to:
- Creating threads, posts and content for the sole purpose of causing unrest
- Making off topic posts to derail the conversation
- Excessively using the same phrase, similar phrases, or gibberish
- Bullying and encouraging users to bully others.
Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Witch-hunting and Call-Outs
Posting gamertags or screenshots of conversations in order to name and shame community members is not allowed on the Forums. If you believe a post or thread violates community standards, please flag it for moderation.
Topics and posts with this content will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
If you're sharing Sea of Thieves content that may include swearing, please do not embed the video into your post, add it as a link to view externally.
Unacceptable Piracy Topics
Sea of Thieves isn't set in the historical age of piracy, instead it is set in its own world.
Topics about such as slavery or sexual exploitation have no place in our game or community. Posting about these topics, will result in a permanent ban from the Forums.
Political & Religious Discussion
Due to the sensitive nature of discussion, Political and religious discussion is not permitted in the Sea of Thieves community. Discussions of this nature will result in the topic or post(s) being deleted and the creator warned. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Creating Duplicate Threads
Multiple threads on the same topic posted in quick succession is not allowed. The most relevant thread will be kept open and all other threads locked.
Bumping threads with content that is not providing additional information to the original post is not permitted. Resurrecting threads over one month old is also not permitted. A warning will be issued and the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Asking For Upvotes
Topics and posts should be created to foster discussion. Asking for upvotes or posts in order to boost reputation or topic counts is not permitted. A warning will be issued, the post deleted or the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Topics and posts should be legible and easy to read! Please refrain from typing in:
- ALL CAPS.
- Using difficult to read formatting.
A warning will be issued, the post deleted or the thread locked. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Circumventing the Forum Profanity Filter
A profanity filter is in place to support our commitment to our community to create the world’s friendliest multiplayer game. Topics and posts which attempt to circumvent the filter will be edited or deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Discussing Disciplinary Actions
Discussion of disciplinary actions taken against individual players is not permitted on the Forums. Topics and posts with this content will be locked, deleted and the users involved warned. Ignoring the warning will result in a temporary ban from the Forums and a final warning. If the action continues, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
Community members are permitted to have multiple Forum accounts, however if one account is found to be breaking community rules, then action may be taken against all accounts owned by the same user.
Circumventing a Ban
If a community member posts on another account, or has another community member post to circumvent a ban in order to continue the actions that lead to ban, a permanent ban from the Forums will be issued.
We do not support community giveaways so please host and enter those at your own risk.
When using our Forum, please keep in mind that all activity here is subject to the Microsoft Services Agreement and Xbox Code of Conduct.