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Video Game Harassment – Which Games do People Get Harassed in the Most?

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Video game harassment is nothing new and some of us are almost numb to that type of online harassment thanks to years of constantly getting flamed online. Is it a problem? Most definitely, but it is very hard to control even when most online games have a report feature. The Anti-Defamation League recently conducted a survey on video game harassment and in it, it was revealed which games people get harassed in the most.

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The Anti-Defamation league is a US-based organization established all the way back in 1913 with the mission to fight all kinds of bigotry, anti-Semitism, to defend civil rights and just about everything else. This is their first-ever survey into video game harassment conducted on members of the US populace and it paints a picture of how severe video game harassment has become.

Keep in mind that only 15 options for video games where given (the most popular ones according to the Anti-Defamation League) and that this covers “all forms of harassment”. What constitutes harassment is, of course, left up to the gamer filling in the survey, so maybe if someone says “learn-to-play before jumping into ranked” in a game like Dota 2, could that be considered harassment?

Whatever the case may be, the results are quite interesting as even in the game at the bottom of the list, video game harassment was just over 50 percent. Furthermore, two of my favourite games are at the top of the list: Dota 2 and CS: GO. When I first saw the results of the survey, which you can view below, I couldn’t help but utter “sounds about right”.

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The Anti-Defamanation League explains their choice of titles and more.

This study looked specifically at players’ experiences of harassment in several prominent online games in the US. These games were selected by ADL and Newzoo as being among the most popular in the US as of April 2019. They run the gamut from first-person shooters, strategy games, card games, sports simulators and role-playing games. Just as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are dominant among traditional mainstream social platforms, the popular games included here capture a large portion of the online gaming population. Several popular online game franchises that were not included in this survey include Call of Duty, Fallout, Halo, Destiny and FIFA. We did not include these games either because we wanted to cover a broad range of types of games and could not include every example of a particular genre (shooters, for example). Further, we wanted to focus on games most popular in the US.

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What do you think about the video game harassment survey and in which games have you experienced the most harassment? Let us know in the comment section below.


Co-Editor at Glitched Africa
Wessel is Glitched Africa's Resident Afrikaans Guy (RAG) with a passion for all things esports, cats and gaming in general. Dota 2 addict, Dark Souls veteran and all around geek.

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