The wild and untamed waters of Sea of Thieves’ Caribbean are a little more choppy as of late — and not because of pirate vessels sailing through them. The game is currently in a bit of an uproar as developer Rare and prominent streamers are butting heads over the issue of toxicity.
Despite the studio pledging this past August to fight toxic behavior in Sea of Thieves’ community, it doesn’t seem to have improved the situation. In fact, a handful of prominent streamers publicly quit the game’s scene, accusing Rare of turning a blind eye to harassment and hate speech among other streamers and players.
The powder keg that really set off this current situation came when a streamer couple was harassed and left Sea of Thieves after letting Rare have it in a long letter. Other streamers have stopped covering the game in support of the couple, which prompted the studio to up and kick them out of the content creator partner program.
And just in case that you had any sympathy left for Rare, Kotaku also reports that current and former Rare devs are being pressured to shut their mouths about the situation on the threat of losing their jobs or being blacklisted.