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The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies

One week ago, two Guild Wars 2 narrative designers, Jessica Price and Peter Fries, were fired after Price called out a player of the game on Twitter, prompting widespread backlash. Since then, mobs have tried to employ similar tactics against more women, and game development studios have had to take a hard look at…Read more… […]

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‘Bully Hunters’ Organization Claims To Hunt Down Harassers In Games, Stirs Controversy

Everybody’s fantasized about owning jerks in games so hard that they drop off the face of the internet. It’s an appealing idea, but Bully Hunters, a group that’s trying to fight harassment by diving into games and killing harassers, has become an object lesson in why that idea works better as an idle fantasy.Read more… […]

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Riot, Blizzard, And Twitch Are Teaming Up To Fight Toxic Gaming Behavior

For years now, gaming companies like Riot, Blizzard, and Twitch have been fighting online abuse and harassment in their own ways, to mixed results. Now they’re trying something different: Working together.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Twitch Gets New Policies For Sexual Content and Harassment

Twitch is taking extra steps to clean up their community and combat harassment on the platform. A revised set of community guidelines focuses on harsher penalties and cracking down on sexual content with measures including permanent bans and off-site harassment moderation.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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With Voice Chat Coming, Heroes Of The Storm Players Brace For Harassment

In the near future, Blizzard is adding built-in voice chat to Heroes of the Storm. Announced at BlizzCon last year, it’s been a long time coming to a game that’s been out since 2015. Some players, however, are worried that voice chat will cause more problems than it’ll solve.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Blizzard Is Now Monitoring YouTube For Toxic Overwatch Players

Overwatch, a team-based shooter about working together, isn’t always the friendliest of places. From random quitters to that one guy who won’t stop calling me a cuck, players often find ways to be toxic. To combat the issue, Blizzard is now banning players misbehaving on social media.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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The Furries of GTA Online Just Want To Play, But Jerks Get In The Way

GTA Online is home to a community of people who dress up as animals and commit virtual crimes together. The Furry Army, which boasts a roster of nearly 200 members, is led by a red fox-cheetah hybrid, Vik Nightfox. Like anyone else, these players want to have fun in the wild streets of Los Santos, […]

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What Twitch’s New Raiding System Means For Streamers

Twitch’s latest update introduces a tool that lets a streamer instantly transport their viewers to somebody else’s channel. Known as “raiding,” this has been used in the past to harass people. Now that Twitch is making raids an official part of the platform, however, some streamers think the new feature will make it…Read more… Continue […]

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Reporting Abusive DMs on Instagram Is Surprisingly Hard

Harassment and abuse on social media freaking suck. What also sometimes sucks: various platforms’ inability or reluctance to effectively deal with it. But sometimes you’ve got to focus on what you can control and let go of the rest, which in this case means reporting harassment.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Get Verified and Maybe Twitter Will Answer Your Harassment Report

Everyone knows that Twitter is horrible at fighting harassment, but the Daily Beast recently explained why, quoting anonymous former employees who blame understaffed support teams, inadequate training, and a catch-all response flowchart that doesn’t allow for common sense or individual judgment. They also revealed…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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NeoGAF Goes Dark After Sexual Misconduct Allegation Against Owner

The influential gaming forum NeoGAF is imploding in the wake of an accusation of sexual misconduct against the long-running site’s owner. Yesterday, around a dozen of NeoGAF’s moderators—more than half, according to two sources—quit their posts there, and the website has been down for over half a day following a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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How to Call Out Workplace Predators, According to an Organizational Psychologist

Every organization has their sexual harassers, and their identities rarely stay truly secret. Somebody knows, somebody talks, but the people in a position to do something about it—bystanders, higher-ups—often figure it’s not their problem. This has to stop.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Overwatch Hasn’t Felt Quite As Toxic Lately

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.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

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Blizzard Says Fighting Toxic Behavior Is Slowing Down Overwatch Updates

Overwatch has serious issues with toxic players, and in recent months, those problems only seem to have gotten worse. Blizzard swears up and down that it’s working to improve player behavior, but according to game director Jeff Kaplan, those efforts are taking a direct toll on other aspects of the game’s development.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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