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Lawful Neutral: Defining toxicity in the MMO industry

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One of my earliest memories from World of Warcraft isn't really a positive one. It was in back in the Wrath days. My guild...

Elite Dangerous threatens to ban players over toxic behavior toward devs

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Elite Dangerous has drawn a line in the sand on toxicity - toxicity against its staff, that is. Frontier's lead community manager, Arthur Tolmie, posted...

City of Heroes: Community harassment ramps up as Homecoming counts 91,000 players

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What should have been a fun Memorial Day weekend in Paragon City turned into nightmares for some members of the City of Heroes rogue...

Riot issues warnings and fines to pro League of Legends players for toxic behavior

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The folks at Riot Games have brought down the hammer on numerous professional League of Legends players, issuing fines to four players and formal...
Yes, it was this bad. It was always this bad.

Online games are avenues for hate group recruitment, according to former white supremacist leader

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Playing a game of linking awful online activities to white supremacist movements is like the worst possible variant of the old Six Degrees of...

The Daily Grind: Does teaching toxic MMO gamers what they did wrong actually help?

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As RPS reported this week, Valve has taken the relatively unusual step of making your Dota 2 and CSGO report cards semi-public - that is,...

SMITE says it’s banned or suspended 20,000 toxic players in season five alone

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Toxic players, beware: Hi-Rez may not be talking to its Hand of the Gods players, but it's cracking way down on SMITE miscreants. The...

The Daily Grind: Are blacklists, quizzes, and threats effective at reducing text toxicity in MMOs?

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Toxicity in online gaming just keeps popping up - specifically as it pertains to chat and commenting. MOP reader Tanek pointed us to a thread about...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most creative way MMOs thwart toxicity?

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Forget group-kicks: If you're a tool in Sea of Thieves, your own shipmates might just opt to stuff you in the brig - "a...
Boosh.

Massively Overthinking: The war on MMO chat toxicity

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This week, The Ancient Gaming Noob posted up an image of RIFT Prime, where Trion asks people to... play nice. "Just a neighborly reminder...

Blizzard’s Overwatch League addresses toxicity with fines and suspensions, while the Dallas Fuel drops a toxic player

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Last week, we covered an ESPN piece in which the author called out Blizzard for sitting on its hands after an Overwatch League player...
We were so certain we had this.

MMO business roundup: Steam, toxicity, Kartridge, contracts, dopamine, and guns

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What's going on in the online video games business this week? Let's dig in. Steam, toxicity, and Kartridge The Center for Investigative Reporting (via Motherboard) has a...
The Quick and the Gay

Ubisoft addresses Rainbow Six Siege toxicity, ESPN slams toxicity in Overwatch League

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Ubisoft is sick of toxicity in its games, and to combat it, it's whipping out the banhammer as a "first step" in getting the...

Here’s how Saga of Lucimia says it’ll ‘keep toxicity to an absolute minimum’

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This week's dev-written Saga of Lucimia blog asks everybody over the age of 35 to think back to bygone days "when reputation used to...
The Quick and the Gay

Best not be toxic on YouTube, Overwatch players, because Blizzard is watching you

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Back in 2013, when Linda "Brasse" Carlson still fronted SOE's community branch, she made headlines for making SOE's anti-toxicity policies very clear. "If we...
No, it's still not.

Why developers believe abusive vitriol is the cost of doing business with games

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When is it appropriate to send verbal abuse to someone you don't know personally? When is it appropriate to tell someone that you hope...

League of Legends unbans ‘reformed’ toxic player called a ‘humunculus’ by fired employee

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Among last year's toxicity-in-gaming stories was the one that taught the internet an important lesson: how to spell homunculus. No, that wasn't it. It...
There's nothing about deriving joy from your waifu being gay.

BlizzCon gamers react to, reflect on Overwatch toxicity

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Toxicity in online gaming is easily one of the biggest stories of the year, particularly in Overwatch, where Blizzard has been focusing its anti-toxicity...
No, be a dude.

League of Legends dev who insulted streamer is no longer with Riot Games

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Two days ago, we reported that a League of Legends developer had landed himself in hot water after he went grossly overboard in insulting...
You either didn't like the last answer or you didn't care then or now.

Riot apologizes for League of Legends dev who joked about streamer’s hypothetical death

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Over the weekend, a Riot Games developer made a Terrible Mistake: Lead Experience Designer Aaron "RiotSanjuro" Rutledge insulted a banned streamer in League of Legends' public...

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