Do players put too much pressure on developers? A recent survey conducted Axios and collected by VGC He points out that the majority of workers focused on that field think so. 75% of game developers who responded to that survey believe that Harassment and toxic behavior of certain users is a very serious problem, and that it is not being given all the importance it requires. The survey in question gathered around 2,300 developers from around the world. About 40% of them indicated that they had received harassment from the players or, on the other hand, that they had witnessed bullying of other colleagues.
Developers feel bullied by players
“I believe that setting boundaries clearly and publicly, as well as asking the community itself for help, can be effective.. Big companies seem to fear that their toxic players are their fanbase without realizing that they are impacting a much larger number of their actual fanbase,” commented one anonymous respondent, to which another added: “I’m a Community Manager, so it’s part of my job, unfortunately… We need to recognize that behavior when it happens, call it out, and set expectations that we won’t allow it.“. The developers seem to be very clear that players should stay out of the development of the titles and not put so much pressure on the workers, since that is counterproductive and creates a toxic environment, full of pressure, in which it is difficult to be at ease
Total, 91% of those surveyed agreed on the same point, that player harassment is a serious problem in the industry and is hardly being addressed. 4% indicated that it was not a problem and the remaining 5% were not sure if this was really one of the main problems in the sector, in the area of video game development. In the past we have been able to see how companies like Bungie have put a stop to this type of behavior, suing players who had threatened their team of workers.