Over 30 of the biggest names in the gaming industry got together this week to battle against toxicity in the video game community. A new initiative called the Fair Play Alliance has been formed by companies like Blizzard, Epic Games, Twitch, and Xbox.

Fair Play Alliance

The goal of the initiative, according to the mission statement, is to “encourage fair play and healthy communities,” in the video game world. The Fair Play Alliance announced themselves at last weeks Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. They also had a day long summit discussing how developers can have a more welcoming atmosphere online.

Over 30 gaming companies are represented in the alliance, including:

  • Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
  • CCP Games
  • Corillian
  • Discord Inc.
  • Epic Games, Inc
  • Flare Games
  • Huuuge Games
  • Intel Corporation
  • Kabam
  • Kefir
  • Ker-Chunk Games
  • Mixer
  • Owlchemy Labs
  • Playrix
  • Radial Games
  • Riot Games
  • Roblox Corporation
  • Rovio Entertainment Corp.
  • Space Ape Games
  • Spirit AI, Ltd.
  • Supercell
  • Two Hat
  • Twitch
  • Unity Technologies
  • Xbox

Over the last few years, more companies have begun to stand up against harassment and toxicity online. With the advancements in technology, it is easier to insult people whether that be on social media or in online games.

And it isn’t just community members who have felt the hostility online, developers have not been willing to engage in the discourse that gaming communities have. The potential result is a lot of hostility, and even the possibility of getting doxxed. Some developers have even received death threats over simpler matters like taking a game off an online store, in the case of Flappy Bird.

There have been a few companies that have always not tolerated toxic behavior. Microsoft has a code of conduct for Xbox Live users. The company has also been known to ban gamer tags that were even moderately sexual in nature.

Blizzard has joined companies cracking down on bad behavior in Overwatch. Blizzard recently rolled out a new Avoid As Teammate feature. The company has recently started monitoring accounts outside of the game. Blizzard has also been cracking down on members of the Overwatch League.

Ubisoft and Riot Games have also made changes in their chat systems. Rainbow Six Siege’s chat system now bans players who use hate speech while playing the game. League of Legends has rolled out in-game voice chat, but it is only available to premade groups.

Twitch has also updated its guidelines for online behavior. They have enforced a dress code and are monitoring a streamer’s behavior while they are on air. They will also follow the actions of streamers and community even when they are off the platform.

Hopefully the Fair Play Alliance finds a way to encourage the online community to not act inappropriately. However, it is looking like this will be an uphill battle for the foreseeable future.

About The Author

Katie K
Sr. Staff Writer

Katie has been playing video games since she was about ten, starting out destroying her older brother at Jet Moto on the original PlayStation. Now she evolved to to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Katie is a student at Boise State University and a digital news producer for a local company. In her free time, you can find Katie inhaling coffee by the pot and playing Overwatch.