I talked a lot about E3 this past week or so, and that’s exciting and all, but there’s something more near and dear to my heart that actually happened before E3. I feel as though if I don’t talk about it, I am not doing my part.
We often joke about EA and its greedy and often sub-par reputation, but they’ve gone and done something that kinda matters, and for that my respect for them has grown. During EA Play 2019 held on June 8th, EA held a meeting called the Building Healthy Communities Summit. Here, they gathered around 230 of their video game influencers (Game Changers) and and other huge members and teams of the gaming community to hold an open and honest discussion about online bullying and harassment.
When asked whether any of these influencers and members had experienced bullying or harassment online, practically everyone’s hands went up.
To many of us, especially female gamers and minorities, this probably isn’t surprising. In fact, gaming research reports that 57% of players (that’s at least 1 in every 2) have been bullied in games. Data has also shown that 1 in 10 of these victims have considered suicide, and 1 in 5 have quit a game because of how they’ve been treated. It’s a real and awful thing no matter who you are, and can truly ruin a gamer’s experience despite how “normalized” it seems to have become.Continue reading