Discrimination and „Culture of Silence” - Women on Working at Paradox Interactive
Jacob Blazewicz, 13 October 2021, 22:01
„A culture of silence” is how female employees of Paradox Interactive describe the Swedish publisher's approach to discrimination against women at the company.
No More Insulting Mothers in LoL, At Least Not in Chat
Przemyslaw Dygas, 13 October 2021, 12:39
Riot Games is tackling toxic behavior of League of Legends players. One of the manifestations of the battle will be the removal of general chat from the game.
Activision Blizzard Reaches Agreement Over Discrimination Lawsuit
Qskan, 28 September 2021, 13:43
Today, Activision Blizzard released a statement, saying it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In it, Blizzard pledged to strengthen its anti-discrimination policies, as well as create a fund for all victims of abusive practices.
Activision Blizzard Sued Again; Threats, Surveillance and Interrogations
Przemyslaw Dygas, 15 September 2021, 11:59
Activision Blizzard has been hit with another lawsuit. The company was said to have discouraged employees from speaking out about cases of abuse.
Paradox CEO Responds to Recent Allegations Against the Company
GRG, 14 September 2021, 15:39
Paradox CEO's published a statement on inappropriate treatment of employees relates to a case involving him personally.
Paradox Joins Companies Accused of Mistreating Employees
Maycuzai, 06 September 2021, 21:14
Paradox Interactive, creators of such series as Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis, has been accused of mistreating employees. The newly elected CEO has announced changes at the company.
Activision Blizzard Accused of Destroying Incriminating Documents
Adrian Werner, 25 August 2021, 12:01
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is accusing Activision Blizzard of destroying documents related to instances of harassment and mobbing at the company.
Yves Guillemot Responds to Allegations of a Thousand Ubisoft Employees
Jacob Blazewicz, 30 July 2021, 13:23
Yves Guillemot has responded to the open letter from Ubisoft employees supporting Activision Blizzard's developer protest. Around a thousand people employed by the French publisher have reportedly signed the document.
Activision Blizzard Hires Law Firm Known for Sinking Unionization Attempts
Qskan, 30 July 2021, 12:15
Recent reports claim that Activision Blizzard has partnered with law firm WilmerHale. This is a well-known and prestigious firm, but also controversial - its services are used by Amazon, among others.
Not Just Activision Blizzard - Ubisoft Employees Join Protest Over Discrimination
Jacob Blazewicz, 29 July 2021, 13:30
The protest of Activision Blizzard employees has reverberated widely. The action was also supported by developers from Ubisoft, who complain about the actions of their own employer regarding the 2020 scandal and call for rules on discrimination reports in the game industry.
Bobby Kotick Responds to Employee Frustration; Changes Announced in Activision Blizzard
Przemyslaw Dygas, 28 July 2021, 12:31
Bobby Kotick has addressed the scandals that have recently engulfed Activision Blizzard. The head of the company announced changes to eliminate harassment and discrimination issues.
Blizzard Employees Outraged by Exec Response to Latest Lawsuit [UPDATED]
Qskan, 27 July 2021, 20:39
Former and current Activision Blizzard employees have written an open letter to the studio's management. In their opinion, the reaction of company's authorities to recent allegations of harassment and mobbing is „abhorrent”.
Blizzard President Takes the Floor on Sexual Harassment Accusations [UPDATED]
Szarmancki, 23 July 2021, 20:12
President of Blizzard Entertainment commented on sexual harassment and mobbing at Activision Blizzard in an email to colleagues. His opinion on the subject seems a tad contradictory than the company's official statement.
Activision Blizzard Accused of Sexual Harassment and Mobbing
Qskan, 22 July 2021, 13:34
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Female employees of the company allegedly experienced sexual harassment.
11-year-old Bullied in Warzone Describes Pathological Player Behavior
Qskan, 20 July 2021, 13:20
The 11-year-old described his story to an older friend, who shared it on Reddit. The young player allegedly was repeatedly bullied by older players in CoD: Warzone who took advantage of his age.
Riot Games Will Record Voice Chat in Valorant
Ness, 02 May 2021, 18:39
Riot Games, the company behind Valorant, will monitor conversations in voice chat. This is all as part of the fight against hate speech and toxic players.
Toxic Players Plague Outriders
Bart Swiatek, 26 April 2021, 15:10
The Outriders community has been complaining about problems with toxic players who maliciously kick users off the team at the very end of an expedition to prevent them from claiming their reward.
Quantic Dream Acquitted of Racism and Unhealthy Culture
Agnes Adamus, 12 April 2021, 21:00
The Paris Court of Appeal has dismissed accusations of unhealthy atmosphere and racism at Quantic Dream. Following the verdict, the company released a statement regarding the entire case.
EA Explains Its Anti-racist Measures in FIFA 21
Karol Laska , 16 March 2021, 19:03
Electronic Arts has to deal with racist behavior among FIFA 21 players on a daily basis. The studio has explained how it deals with this type of misconduct and announces some improvements in relation to catching similar abuse.
Twitch Will Ban Use of „Simp” and „Incel” as Insults
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 December 2020, 18:23
From new year on, Twitch will crack down on sexual insults seriously. The new rules will include a ban on the use of words such as „simp”, „incel”, „virgin” etc. in this context.
Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo Together Against Toxic Gamers
Jacob Blazewicz, 14 December 2020, 19:44
Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony have announced cooperation in the fight against toxic behavior in video games. The companies want to take action to ensure that „the youngest and most vulnerable players” can safely play online.
Amazon's New Patent Has Toxic Users Play Against Themselves
Adrian Werner, 04 November 2020, 14:16
Amazon obtained an interesting patent, according to which toxic players would be quarantined and could only play against other such users.
WoW Players Complain About Poles and Polish Server
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 October 2020, 15:59
Some time ago, Blizzard decided to merge a handful of smaller World of Warcraft servers with Burning Legion, the unofficial realm run by Polish community. The result: complaining about slavic players, who are less than eager to welcome foreign gamers with open arms.
Valve Declares War on Toxicity and Account Boosts in Dota 2
Bart Swiatek, 20 October 2020, 15:55
Valve Software intends to fight more actively against toxicity and account boosting in Dota 2. 14 thousand people have recently been banned for manipulating the MMR ranking. The game will also receive a system for reporting inappropriate behavior, modelled on CS:GO's Overwatch.
Sony Explains Voice Chat Moderation System of PS5
Adrian Werner, 17 October 2020, 20:50
Sony has explained how the voice chat moderation system on PlayStation 5 will work, enabling players to send reports with records of toxic comments from other users.
Michel Ancel Answers Accusations of Being a Toxic Boss
Jacob Blazewicz, 26 September 2020, 20:09
The newspaper Libération has published an article that reveals the details of Michel Ancel's departure from Ubisoft. It was supposed to result from an investigation into the alleged toxic behavior of the creator of Beyond Good & Evil 2. In response, Ubisoft's former producer accused the newspaper of spreading false news.
Ubisoft's CEO Apologizes for the Scandal; Jason Schreier Retorts
Christian Pieniazek, 10 September 2020, 20:41
Ubisoft has published a video in which its CEO, Yves Guillemot, apologizes for the scandal revealed in July. However, his words do not appeal to Jason Schreier, who is responsible for revealing controversial information from behind the scenes of the French giant.
Sexual Harassment at Rocksteady; Company Accused of Lack of Reaction
Karol Laska , 18 August 2020, 19:58
The British studio Rocksteady, responsible, for example, for the Batman: Arkham series, has been accused by its employees of not acting in any way on a sexual abuse cases within the company.
Assassin's Creed Grows in Strength; Ubisoft With Record Quarter
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 July 2020, 13:50
Ubisoft has published its financial report for the period from April to June. The past three months turned out to be record-breaking for the publisher, thanks to the excellent results of the Assassin's Creed and Just Dance series. The company has also detailed the planned changes related to recent accusations of harassment and discrimination in the company.
Ubisoft, Strip clubs and Discrimination Against Women
Czarus, 21 July 2020, 23:34
Jason Schreier, one of gaming industry's most recognized journalist, currently working for Bloomberg, has published an article that reveals many of the irregularities that occurred at Ubisoft. It turns out that the producer who created, for example, the Assassyn's Creed series, has had problems with discrimination against women for years. Many secrets that were swept under the rug were revealed along with the ongoing #MeToo action.
Ubisoft Parts With Three Employees Accused of Misconduct
Karol Laska , 12 July 2020, 19:35
Following recent accusations against Ubisoft, the company decided to react and ended its cooperation with managers suspected of mobbing.
EA Cracks Down on Toxic Behavior in Games
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 June 2020, 11:57
Electronic Arts has published an article titled Positive Play Charter, in which it discusses the principles of battling toxicity in games. The company will not hesitate to ban all the accounts of the most rebellious users, but considers this as a last resort.
Valve Will Automatically Squelch Toxic CS:GO Players
Konrad Serafinski, 08 February 2020, 21:07
Valve is starting a serious fight against toxicity among CS:GO players. The studio is working on a system which, based on reports, will catch users disturbing others and mute them in conversation.
Dota 2 Gets Rid of Toxic Players, if You Pay For it
Adrian Werner, 19 May 2019, 20:29
This year, when you buy Battle Pass for Dota 2 (accompanying The International eSports event), you'll have access to a new feature that allows you to avoid players who don't like you when searching for games.
Update to Red Dead Online Targets Antisocial Behavior
Milosz Szubert, 13 February 2019, 15:00
Rockstar will introduce changes to Red Dead Online that will curb aggressive behavior. The release of a major update to the beta version of the Red Dead Redemption II online module is scheduled for February 26th.
Rainbow Six Siege now rewards ill-mannered players with an automatic ban
Mathias Zulpo, 16 July 2018, 12:23
Rainbow Six: Siege now automatically bans players for using certain offensive words. Although the system is meant to make the game environment less toxic, it's still far from perfect.