91% of game developer survey respondents say abuse from players is a problem

GDC’s annual State of the Game Industry survey (opens in new tab) has found that 91% of developers believe player harassment of game developers is a problem for the industry. Unsurprisingly, women are more likely to experience abuse from players than men, as are members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

“For years, developers have spoken at the Game Developers Conference about the cost of not responding to toxic behavior from select players, including harassment and threats,” GDC said. “This year, we asked developers how much of an issue it has become—and what could be done about it.”

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42% of respondents to the survey, which encompassed more than 2,300 game developers, said they felt “player toxicity and harassment directed at developers/studios” is a very serious issue. 36% called it a serious issue, while 13% reported it as a minor issue. Only 4% said it wasn’t an issue, while 5% were unsure.

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