BLIZZARD, RIOT, AND TWITCH TO STUMP OUT TOXIC BEHAVIOUR
Gaming giants Blizzard, Riot and Twitch have rallied under the same banner in a bid to uproot toxic behaviour across all walks of gaming. With the help of the new Fair Play Alliance, the three industry behemoths are joining others in the hopes to fight off offensive players.
Video games studio Epic Games is also joining this newly-formed alliance, with companies now pooling their efforts to act on a larger scale. Previously, companies have been trying to moderate players that break the rules of proper in-game conduct, but their unification may mean that such individuals are more efficiently moderated across different gaming and eSports title.
Instead of focusing on punishing wrongdoers, this ‘coalition’ will try to create a healthier community, which will encourage fair play in online gaming. The participants have stated that they ‘envision a world where games are free of harassment, discrimination, and abuse, and where players can express themselves through play.’
Player behaviour was part of this year’s Games Developers Conference (GDC) forum. During the Fair Play Alliance Summit a series of talks took place, with the limelight on Riot Games senior technical designer Dr Kimberly Voll.
Talking to Kotaku, Voll acknowledged the dangerous of companies attempting to dictate online behaviour. However, Voll also pointed out to the fact that streamers tend to be ‘ambassadors of online life,’ and that ‘everything is online.’ In other words, regulation in some form is sorely needed.
The Fair Play Alliance will have a lot of hard work ahead of it. If they are successful, some of titles with a steeper learning curve may attract more novices.