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J Allen Brack addresses Blizzard staff over sexism scandal, Activision doubles down on deflection

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Faced with a massive sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit, Blizzard addressed the studio workers in a memo leaked last night. President J. Allen Brack doesn't admit fault or comment on the specifics of the case, but he vows no retaliation for victims, namedrops Gloria Steinem, and blasts "bro culture."

Ubisoft faces sexual harassment lawsuit from French game workers union

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Ubisoft's uncovered problem with widespread sexual harassment is (rightfully) not a finished matter. The Solidaires Informatique, a French game workers union, has officially filed...
Oof.

Discord scoops up harassment-detection AI startup Sentropy

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Happy Thursday: Here's your weekly argument over toxicity, moderation, and AI, courtesy of Discord, which has apparently purchased a company you've probably heard of...

Ubisoft doc suggests toxic management has contributed to loss of talent and image

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That headline might read like "water is wet" news, but the actual statements made are part of Ubisoft's own Universal Registration Document, a mandatory...

The Soapbox: Abusing MMO community reps over design decisions is not only toxic but futile

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Recently, an online video game community rep was run off Twitter by "fans." The CM's fellow game dev shared how upset she was that...

Former Riot Games staffer accuses CEO Nicolo Laurent of sexual harassment in new lawsuit

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Another day, another round of bro culture at Riot Games. The latest episode has gone even further up the chain of command, as former...

New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the Anti-Defamation...

The latest gaming industry #metoo callouts impact Twitch, MMOs, MOBAs, and esports

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The gaming industry is seeing a second wave - a second wave of the #metoo movement, that is. As we covered earlier this week,...
Less than punchy.

Riot Games isn’t budging on labor dispute even after employee walkout

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As we've previously covered, employees of the League of Legends studio Riot Games walked out last week in protest over the company's labor and...
Uh...huh.

Blizzard Roundup: NetEase on Diablo Immortal’s launch, plus news on HOTS, Hearthstone, and Overwatch

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MMO Culture has an interesting translated bit from the NetEase conference call last week that homes in on Diablo Immortal, the game that was...

EVE Fanfest 2018: CCP Falcon on EVE’s community team layoffs and having Hilmar as a CEO

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It's safe to say that it's been a rough year for CCP Games, with the company pulling out of VR game development and laying...

EVE Evolved: How much toxic, antisocial behaviour should MMOs tolerate?

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The EVE Online community is aflame this week after alliance leader gigX was permanently banned for making threats of real-life violence against another player...

Hyperspace Beacon: The sexual harassment problem in SWTOR

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As most of our readers probably know, I consider myself a memberĀ of the roleplay community in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I have been...
Go away.

The Daily Grind: Is Twitch chat just MMO general chat writ large?

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Last week, an Indiana University Bloomington team released its analysis of over a billion comments made on Twitch over a two-month period in 2014...
This game really provides no shortage of illustrations we need for this.

Blizzard and Twitch address harassment defiling game event streams

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In case you had forgotten since yesterday's news that RuneScape had to ban players for running around in-game wearing KKK costumes and shrieking racial...

EVE Fanfest 2016: CCP Falcon on Fanfest, the EVE community, and harassment

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Over its almost 13 years of operation, sci-ci MMO EVE Online has gained a largely undeserved reputation for antisocial behaviour. EVE is built on...

Massively Overthinking: Overcoming ‘Barrens chat’ culture

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Tonight's Massively Overthinking aims to address a core problem facing the whole internet, not just games: antisocial behavior. Our question comes from Kickstarter donorĀ Katie...

Not So Massively: Hearthstone’s MagicAmy drama; Riot rules on SpectateFaker

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Riot Games President Marc Merill says he regrets comments made in the heat of the moment regarding the recent SpectateFaker controversy. Riot issued its...

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