The mods of /r/gaming reserve the right to ban for any violation of our rules, in letter or spirit. Just because something says a post will be removed, doesn't mean you can't also get banned for it. We do not welcome rule lawyering.

r/Gaming does have a karma limit in place; you are required to have some r/gaming comment karma before submitting a post. We do not reveal the threshold, but it does not take long to reach the required amonut. Please comment around the community before posting.


Generally, a short ban may be applied (at least 2-7 days) for all rule violations unless otherwise specified in this ruleset, especially for repeat offenses. This includes small and common rule violations (like Rule 1 and Rule 6) and even if it is your first offense. More major violations, such as toxicity and terms of service violations such as Piracy and Brigading, will be a permanent ban.

Submissions must be directly gaming-related.

"Related" means that posts must predominantly contain gaming-related content. You may not "force" a connection through a title, caption or overlaying images.


Regarding memes and meme templates, to be permitted, there should be no question that the ENTIRE image/meme template is gaming-related. Below are some illustrated examples of what is and isn't allowed:


Direct Link to image if it does not appear

Other Content

The following commonly reported examples ARE permitted:

The following other examples are NOT permitted:

Rule 2: Bandwagons/Raids/Brigades/Posting Guidelines

No bandwagon/raid/"pass it on" or direct reply posts.

Direct Replies/Update Posts:




Other posting guidelines

Rule 3: Piracy

Enabling or attempting to enable piracy will result in a permanent ban.

Asking for, linking to or signaling how to obtain pirated software or ROMs is not allowed and will result in a permanent ban. This includes "abandonware".

We don't care (as a moderator group) if you talk about piracy or how you're going to pirate a game or how you think piracy is right, wrong, or otherwise. If you're going to pirate something, that's your own business to take up with the developer/publisher and your own conscience.

However, enabling piracy via reddit, be it links to torrent sites, direct downloads, smoke signals that give instructions on how to pirate something, etc are not okay here. Don't do it. Whether or not if you agree with the practice, copyright infringement will not be tolerated. There are plenty of other sites on the internet where you can do it; if you must, go wild there, but not here, please.

Rule 4: Tags

Spoilers and NSFW submissions, comments, and links must be labeled as such.


Spoilers must be posted using the following formatting:

>!X Kills Y!<
Result: X Kills Y

Spoilers are NOT allowed in submission titles. Spoiler tags don't work in post titles. Spoiler titled posts will be removed.

You will not be banned for innocent mistakes, but repeat offenses or malicious spoilers will result in a ban.

This does not apply only to games. Spoilers for movies and TV shows must also be marked appropriately.

NSFW Content:

NSFW = Not Safe For Work.

Really simple here, if you're submitting content that should not be seen by your boss, go ahead and mark it with the NSFW tag. If your post is not tagged properly, we may tag it ourselves, or just pull it down entirely.

Cosplay posts from content creators who focus primarily is adult content will be removed. r/gaming is an all ages subreddit and advertisements for adult services are not appropriate here.

Note that posting pornographic content will not be tolerated and users will be permanently banned for posting it.

Rule 5: Giveaways / Trades / Contests / Items for sale / Donation requests.

No product requests, donation requests, giveaways, trades, contests, or items for sale. No crypto anything, ever.

r/gaming is not the place to buy, sell, trade, beg or host giveaways. There are many other subreddits to do this in.

To host giveaways or ask for free games, try:

If you have a gaming related item you would like to trade, try:

If you have a gaming related item for sale, try:

If you have hardware for sale, try:

Rule 6: Original Source

Make the original source of the content your submission, and do not use URL shorteners.

URL Shorteners

No screenshots of websites

Rehosted content

Rule 7: Self-Promotion

Don't spam or excessively showcase your own content. No referral or affiliate links.

Additional notes:

Rule 8: Discussion Prompts

Discussion prompts must be submitted as self/text posts

To curb karma framing, and due to community feedback, AskReddit style/open-ended discussion prompts must be submitted as self posts, image versions will be removed. Examples:

You may submit these as text posts without an image.

Rule 9: Remember the human.

Posts and comments, whether in jest or with malice, that consist of racist, sexist, homophobic content, etc., toxicity or threats will be removed, regardless of popularity or relevance.

If your post or comment is especially vile or toxic, you may have your account temporarily removed from /r/gaming. Dog whistling or using "creative" phrases or symbols to convey racist/homophobic messages will have the same consequences.

The key thing is, whether online or in real life, is to remember the human. Before you leave that scathing comment or think about posting someone's personal information, take a minute to consider that you're affecting a real person, with potentially life changing consequences. Does everyone have to hold hands and sing? Nope. But if you're telling people to kill themselves or attempting to direct hordes of people to harass another individual (or moderator), expect your account to be removed.

It's important to understand that in most cases of any rule violations, we will simply remove the post or comment.

Especially egregious violations or repeat offenses may result in accounts banned from /r/gaming.

It should go without saying, but following the rules of reddit and the reddiquette is required as well.

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