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No, Twitch’s move to investigate off-platform toxicity is not ‘novel’ for the industry

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Twitch is changing its hateful conduct and harassment policy once again, this time to allow moderators to take into account problematic activity that occurs...

Development of a Warframe-inspired tabletop RPG is halted thanks to toxic fans

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A particularly toxic sect of the Warframe community has ensured that a tabletop RPG intended as a love letter to the game will never...
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GDC 2021: Intel and Spirit AI’s Bleep aims to filter live audio – and toxicity

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At Intel's GDC 2021 panel "Billions of Gamers, Thousands of Needs" this week, Intel and Spirit AI announced a new end-user application designed "to...
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds adds a new reputation system with patch 10.2

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There's a lot of stuff that's been added in the latest patch for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. For example, there's a new coupe for players to drive...
There is actually quite a lot of this.

Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV’s community is better – and worse – than you think

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If you are not actually playing Final Fantasy XIV, you probably have an impression of the community for this game being an amazing font...

Twitch lowers a (temporary?) banhammer on Donald Trump

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Following the shameful events of this past week in Washington D.C. during which an outgoing U.S. president urged supporters to storm the Capitol, many...

ToxMod is a new moderation tool that recognizes and reports voice chat hate speech in real-time

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Moderating a game's text chat isn't easy by any means, but at least there are a variety of tools and algorithms that try to...
Sure. Fine.

Microsoft outlines shared goals with Sony and Nintendo to make gaming ‘safer’

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There are a lot of things that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all disagree about. Which company gets your money, for example. But a new...

MMO Business Roundup: Twitch’s anti-hate policies, Cyberpunk’s concurrency, and the CASE Act

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Welcome back to our irregular roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Twitch: This week, Twitch introduced yet another round of policy changes in regard...

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...

Rare and streamers tussle over Sea of Thieves community toxicity

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The wild and untamed waters of Sea of Thieves' Caribbean are a little more choppy as of late -- and not because of pirate...

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

Ubisoft devs speak out on their ‘inability to feel safe or protected within’ the studio

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You know who's probably breathing a big sigh of relief right now? Riot Games, whose multi-year scandal and lawsuit over sexual harassment and discrimination...
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EA’s new Positive Play Charter is basically ‘don’t be a dick’ in list form

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One of the ideas I've worked a long time to internalize is that when people say they've changed, I should give them time to...

Riot addresses diversity, Valorant toxicity, and Vanguard anti-cheat (again)

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It's been a year and a half since a Kotaku expose blew the lid off of flagrantly sexist and abusive behavior at Riot Games,...
NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU, BUT EVEN IF THEY DID YOU SUCK

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the most toxic fan-based defense force?

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Every single MMO has its own unwanted and unnecessary defense force. We could run a story tomorrow about Final Fantasy XIV selling your credit card...
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A Jesuit priest is trying out a Vatican Minecraft server to encourage non-toxic behavior

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We're familiar with the ways that online games, even generally rather innocent ones like Minecraft, can wind up being breeding grounds for some of...

MMO Business Roundup: Amazon, gaming toxicity research, Blizzard’s court victory, and why people love Mike Morhaime

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Business business business! We're back for another speedy Friday afternoon roundup of some MMO and games industry business news. Amazon's next big thing We're not sure...
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US politician shades Blizzard over World of Warcraft toxicity

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Last week, the gaming world was a tad busy running Halloween events and watching BlizzCon, so it passed almost without notice that a US...

Guild Wars 2 community clashes over Icebrood Saga announcement disappointment

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It's been a tumultuous couple of days in the Guild Wars 2 community following the announcement of the Icebrood Saga - saga, not season,...

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