Developer abuse, harassment, and toxic behavior by players is a serious issue that deserves active discussion, according to industry figures. This is reported by the resource Axios, referring to a large-scale survey conducted by the organizers of the annual professional conference Game Developers Conference.
As part of the initiative, the organizers surveyed 2,300 developers from around the world. 91% of respondents noted that the negative attitude towards developers from the audience is a serious or extremely serious problem. Another 4% of respondents do not see a particular problem, and 5% admitted that they find it difficult to give a clear answer.
In addition, 40% of respondents noted that they personally experienced harassment from the gaming audience and read unpleasant statements about themselves or know about such cases from their colleagues in the studio. More often than not, marketers and PR specialists are at the center of conflicts.
As journalists note, men working in the industry are less often attacked by aggressive users than women . Sometimes developers are threatened with violence – in the most difficult cases, you have to contact the police.