Video games are getting pretty big in the entertainment industry and as more people take interest in gaming the community tends to get a bit toxic. Keeping that in mind everyone needs to have a safe environment, in which they can nurture one another and that is the case for gaming as well. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has talked about the toxicity in the gaming community and recently vowed to make gaming safe.
He mentioned that no one owns gaming and that anyone is free to play games whether they are new to the community or are diehard fans of a certain game. The following is what he had to say in this regard:
Gaming must be a safe environment. Creating community is shared work, and protecting community is essential work, so, we all carry part of the payload of community safety – game industry and gamers alike. Gaming is the gateway to these 21st-century skills and to STEM. Just consider: teen girls who play video games are three times more likely to pursue a STEM degree. Among teenagers who play games online with others daily, 74 percent have made friends online and 37 percent have made more than five friends online.
Despite what non-gamers might say, these friends that gamers make online are as important as the friends that we have in real life. Often we even end up meeting these people that we talk to and play with online and we even have cases of people that met online and then married one another or traveled together or something similar.
Spencer mentioned that right now, gaming is bigger than movies and even music. We have seen the gaming industry evolve over time and now that players are able to interact with such experiences on their smartphones means that the barrier to entry is lower than ever. Phil Spencer went on to mention the following:
Our Xbox Safety team is nicknamed the ‘Defenders of Joy’ because we will defend you in every humanly and technologically possible way, so gaming remains fun. We will identify potentials for abuse and misuse on our platform and will fix problems quickly. We are also intent on expanding the composition of our safety team so wide-ranging perspectives can help us identify future safety problems and solutions.
I think that Phil Spencer has taken a great initiative here and that this is a problem that needs to be sorted out. Let us know what you think about toxicity in the gaming community and what you think companies should do about it.