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Pokemon Go’s volunteers are being harassed by exploiters within the Wayfarer program

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Remember how in some older MMOs, like Ultima Online, EverQuest, and Asheron's Call, we had volunteer gamemasters and counselors? And how sometimes it turned...

Massively on the Go: How to fix Pokemon Go’s longstanding player safety failures

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This article is part four of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: How Pokemon Go support fails MMOARG stalking victims

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This article is part two of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: How Niantic evades handling stalking and harassment in Pokemon Go and other ARGs

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This article is part one of a four-piece series on safety in Pokemon Go as well as other Niantic games. You can read all...

Massively on the Go: Dealing with virtual harassment and stalking in MMOARGs

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Gamers have been discussing the real-world issues that arise in augmented reality games, especially Pokemon Go, for years. In fact, Raph Koster himself addressed...

Twitch adds a phone-verified chat option in an attempt to combat harassment campaigns

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We've been covering the problem of harassment and hate raiding of marginalized casters on Twitch for a while now, from the #TwitchDoBetter awareness campaign...

MMO Business Roundup: Discord’s funding, Bungie’s lawsuit, and harassment in online gaming

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business news. Discord: Investors love dumping money into Discord, and they're continuing the trend, as the...

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...

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