Toxicity in the Gaming Industry and how it Bleeds to Gaming
Where did it all go wrong? The gaming, geek, and nerd world to me was supposed to be a safe place. We were outcasts, made fun of for being into the video games that gave us the escape. But once it got popular then it became cool, it was no longer seen as a bad thing. Things just got weird after a while and I had to even check my own receipts when it came to toxic behavior as a gamer.
It’s weird because I thought it was just us gamers being bad apples towards one another. But now the industry is being outed for being toxic themselves. It is horrible news when you find out the industry themselves are messing up the community from within.
The reason I am speaking out now is that there are too many of us that shrug it off and act as if there is nothing we can do. Staying silent or dismissing what is going on because there is no alternative. As of late, I have deleted all my Activision Blizzard titles, because there is a message we can send out to these companies.
After watching an episode of Philip DeFranco deep diving into what is going on with the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Talking about the Frat Boy workplace harassment going on and one employee that committed suicide should have been a wake-up call. As an update today the walkout is happening and one of the statements struck me a bit.
“We know people across the company who have been complaining about these issues for decades or who have made allegations and have not been listened to,” said Valentine Powell, a software engineer who is one of more than 300 employees involved in organizing the protest. “The lawsuit and the company’s response to it was the match that lit the powder keg.”
That is the main problem that I realized during the weekend where some gamers asked, “What else is there to play?” As a gamer, there are so many other titles that you can support and have a better player base. However, the main issue is when we ignore it thinking the bad people will get bored and stop. Sorry, but I was raised in the hoods of Brooklyn East NY.
The only thing you get for turning the other cheek is a sucker punch to the face. We as a whole have to stand up to these people and stand up for those that don’t have a voice. Ignoring it, and using the term, “Don’t feed the trolls.” never helps. We are “feeding” the trolls, we shut them down and their weird gates.
Time to Respond:
Right now we have Riot Games, Ubisoft, and Activision Blizzard under fire. The allegations are insane with sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and of course the Frat Boy Toxic workplace. The worst part is when a company treats you as if you are in an abusive relationship with no options but to deal with it. As much as people work hard to get into their dream job only to be slapped in the face.
As of right now, Activision Blizzard hired a Union Buster against their employees. That already seems suspicious, but they are already digging their graves while their CEO keeps putting a foot in their mouth.
“We already have these guys on an alternating schedule producing new Call of Duty games each year, so why not have them also work on our new yearly apology letters to employees?” Kotick asked in his letter. “It’s a very similar process to making Call of Duty, really. You don’t need to recreate the entire letter each time, you just need to work from the base created in the previous letter, updating some language to fit modern events and trends. They just have to make sure that they stick to the core theme of the apology letter series: that we’re very sorry, we investigated this ourselves and found no wrongdoing, and that we’re committed to some vague change in the future.”
Well, we already know Call of Duty games were copy and paste for the most part, but to be that bold to speak like that. It shows no remorse for their own employees or taking the situation seriously.
You Do Have Options!
As a gamer, I was a bit disturbed when some were asking, “What else are we going to play?” This baffled me since most of us have backlogs of titles to play or other games in a particular genre that will suit our competitive needs. So, for those who wonder here is a list to counter your current games.
- Apex Legends
- Apex Legends
- Hunter’s Arena: Legends
- Battlefield 5 – Battlefield 4 and soon 2042
- Halo Master Chief Collection
- Titanfall 2
- Doom Eternal
- Quake Champions on Steam
That’s just to name a few games that will handle that competitive fix for a long time. Many other options out there where you can have an equal amount of fun and may find some new colleagues.
At the end of the day, you should be treating people well. It is not that hard looking out for your employees, but it seems it’s easier for them to be the villain. Let’s see how well that works out for you when you lose players and employees because you rather keep your toxic frat house than be a decent human being. It’s going to take some doing, but being quiet about it will not help anyone.
Keep in mind this is not a cancel culture situation because we are not canceling anyone. We are fighting for the people that are being mistreated in the industry. We want change not canceling, keep that in mind. This is a battle and hopefully, it will help out others in the future. – Beast Out –