Tagged With toxicity


On October 22 the Twitter account for the digital gaming storefront GOG sent out a Tweet using a hashtag advocating for trans rights to try to promote its digital storefront. Though quickly deleted, it was the third in a string of offensive tweets sent this year from accounts associated with CD Projekt Red, which owns GOG.

According to a new report by Eurogamer, the community manager responsible for two of them, including the October 22 Tweet, was fired the next day.


Yesterday, professional Dota 2 player Carlo “Kuku” Palad was banned from a major tournament due to making what were seen as racist comments in a match last month.

Prior to this move, Dota developer Valve had condemned Palad’s behaviour but refused to inject itself directly into the matter, calling instead on teams to dole out the proper punishments themselves. Valve’s eventual intervention shows how untenable that approach was.


Following a series of offensive remarks made by professional Dota 2 players recently, the game’s creator Valve has published a blog post condemning the behaviour. In keeping with the company’s traditional approach of remaining mostly hands-off, however, it leaves the responsibility for sanctioning players strictly with teams, and didn’t offer any clear guidelines about how they should do so.


Earlier this year, Ubisoft said it would be implementing stricter moderation in Rainbow Six Siege to find and sanction players using hate speech. Recently, players have started noticing an uptick in bans being issued and have been discussing it on the game’s subreddit. A few even took to Twitter to complain.


Overwatch players needed something to incentivise good sportsmanship and, yesterday, they got it. Blizzard's latest Overwatch patch is toning down the hierarchy of skill and introducing a hierarchy of decency.


Lately, I've been hearing a lot more "Great ult!" and "Thanks for switching!" in Overwatch than "Get wrecked, you useless piece of s***." After toxicity in Overwatch's competitive mode reached critical saturation last season, this season, which began September 1st, has felt markedly more positive.