There are many sad truths when it comes to online gaming, one being that female gamers are often given a hard time simply based on their gender. Not to say that Overwatch is the biggest culprit of this kind of behavior, but given it’s large player base with a mixed bag of characters both male and female, its managed to attract many a fan from both sexes.
What we’ve seen as of late is female members of the Overwatch community tell their stories of the abuse they receive when playing online. You see many reports of players being blamed on a team losing because of their sexuality, as opposed to their level of skill. So much so that members such as Hexrgon would stray from entering voice chat whilst in competitive mode, with reactions varying from “calling me horrible names to reducing me to a sexual object.” Whilst Hexrgon has reported the players guilty of doing so, she feels that it has sadly fallen on deaf ears.
It has to be stressed, as Nekokoa rightfully puts it, that this is a problem with people, not with Overwatch. Trolling on the internet in all forms is something that has been an issue for many for as long as it has existed, in which people can hide behind anonymity to say exactly as they place, regardless of who it affects.
In an ongoing debate on Battle.net, there are many sides being offered to the discussion, so its definitely worth checking out if you want to join in with the conversation. To suggest that those who are getting verbally attacked for whatever reason to toughen up or grow thicker skin would wrongfully imply that toxicity is OK. The best thing you can do is mute and report these people. As much as players may call on Blizzard to tackle the issue themselves, its hard to see how exactly it would be policed. Perhaps banning players for such an offense would be a start in some people’s eyes, but ultimately it’s something that spans across the entire realm of online gaming, which has, unfortunately (and inevitably) made its way into Overwatch.
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