research company ADL published an annual report on multiplayer online games and concluded that the spread of hatred, harassment and extremism in them continues to grow.
Experts conducted surveys among American users of online games from 10 years old and older. And, despite the fact that most companies report fighting against haters, almost no one has managed to create a safe and respectful space.
There are 25 million multiplayer games in the US between the ages of 10 and 17. And survey data showed that harassment against them increased by 6%: from 60% in 2021 to 66% in 2022. Almost 70% of teenagers are harassed in online games, as a result, more and more gamers hide their identity.
The researchers named the games in which the highest level of hatred and harassment. And in first place, like last year, was Valuing. In 2022, it came in second place Dota 2pushing Call of Duty. And in third place were two games: teenagers from 10 to 17 have the hardest time in Fortniteand from 13 to 17 – in PUBG: Battlegrounds.
Far from rosy and the picture in relation to adult players. The impact of white supremacy has more than doubled to 20% of gamers, up from 8% in 2021. Apart from antisemitism, misogyny is the most commonly cited cause of abuse.
In 2020 and 2021, the most common online scandals arose on the topic of the coronavirus. In 2022, racial has become the hottest topic. New ones have appeared: abortions and fake presidential elections. And adult players most often encounter racism in Call of Duty and GTA Online.
Analysts named the safest games Minecraft, Destiny 2 and Rocket League, although they also contain hatred, extremism and harassment. And not only developers are calling to fight them, but also the government, educational institutions and civil communities.
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