Anna Donlon announced that they are working on a code of conduct and expect to publish it as soon as possible. This will be the first set of guidelines for the community.
We need to start by publishing our code of conduct as soon as possible, which might not sound like much, but sets our baseline expectations for how we can build (and yes, punish) this community together.
Valorant is growing really fast, and with it, concerns about three main topics: toxic conduct in-game, cheating and latency.
Valorant’s executive producer, Anna Donlon, affirms to be entirely committed in her fight against harassment and bullying. She also shared her own experiences and fears when playing rankeds. At first, I thought it was an act of corporate communication, but her recent moves toward acting upon this give me some hope.
“I’ll be super real here: harassment and bullying in games is not a status quo I’m comfortable accepting. “
She also said that providing non-verbal communication in-game or other tools for self-isolation are okay but not sufficient for a 100% competitive fair experience for everyone.
We have to agree that it is a tough topic to approach, and Riot cannot solve society, but it seems they are walking in the right direction. They created “Player Dynamics” to analyze, research and promote fair play. Also, Riot and over 160 companies founded the Fair Play Alliance, an organization devoted to sharing their learnings for encouraging fair play and healthy communities to improve the quality of games.
Truth be told, more robust communities are not only better from a moral perspective, but they also attract and retain more players, and that means more presence, faster growth and definitely more happiness to everyone.
I have been reading the Fair Play Alliance’s webpage, and it seems fascinating. There you can find lots of resources. For example, a collection of micro-talks about player behaviour and penalization strategy. Click here to check it out.
I am glad to see things are changing in Riot Games, because we remember the #RiotWalkout. Riot Games’ CEO, Brandon Beck, stating the claims about sexism, hostile work environment and discrimination was “untrue” and “extremely gay” is something hard to forget, too.
What do you think? I want to believe that Anna Donlon intends to make things different. I also believe 2020 is the year of bringing equality to the video game industry. But on the other hand, companies will be companies, and the change is on society. If you want to read more about this topic, check out this article