I am a very experienced gamer, having played for years and diving deeply into nearly every genre. Over the last few years I have noticed a steady decline in the amount of fun, kind, or even courteous players I’ve encountered while playing online. Instead there is now rage, flaming, and the harassment of players in nearly every game. The gaming community as a whole is becoming a toxic environment and I doubt that it can change without major overhauls. What is it that made a community of passionate gamers descend into a group of inconsiderate bullies?
I believe that these same principles apply to many gaming communities. I know first hand how the experience of playing Dota, Call of Duty, or WoW can be filled with players who are a bad influence in the community. However, for this example we’ll take a deeper look into the state of League of Legends.
One clear reason for the shift is the change in the amount of summoners. According to the infographic published by Riot Games back in 2011, there had been 32 million accounts created and played on world-wide. Last year’s report indicated that there is now over 70 million accounts (these numbers of course count all accounts including smurfs). With a user expansion of over 100% in the course of one year a community can Continue reading