vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports Community Behavior

March 9, 2012 -

Jerry Prochazka, President of the gaming league vVv Gaming, has penned an open letter to the competitive online gaming community asking them to join him in ridding the community of the homophobia, racism and sexism that seems to be considered acceptable behavior by some in the online gaming community. While I won't post the entire thing here - You can check it out at vvv-gaming.com - we will post the six things that Prochazka believes are needed going forward to change the way online gaming leagues conduct themselves.

The cliff notes: more accountability of staff members in leagues and other organizations, better training for staff, online events to raise awareness, sponsors and online broadcasters rules to deal with issues of bias that are fair and consistent, and to hold leaders of groups accountable for their behavior. You can read the bullet points below:

1.All Leagues, organizations and individuals associated with eSports (especially senior leaders and sponsors) should set a zero tolerance policy on any homophobic, racist or sexist language or behavior.

2.Train your staff and employees in these policies

3.We “self-police.” I am not asking for a witch hunt, but I am asking that you reach out to players and PRIVATELY point out their bad behavior. If they fail to cease inappropriate behavior immediately, then bring it to the attention of their managers and sponsors (who should have zero tolerance for this). First, give the player a chance to correct their own behavior.

4.Hold leaders accountable. If leadership of any organization or sponsor fails to act, we immediately hold them accountable through social media, boycotts and pressure on customers, fans and any revenue streams they may have.

5.I ask that Twitch.TV and Justin.TV ensure they have a transparent, fair process by which to handle these issues. Also, a clear statement about Diversity and Inclusion.

6.We hold online events to raise awareness of this issue in various communities (SC2, FGC, CoD, etc.) To start, I ask that you share this on all social media, and voice your support. Over the next few weeks, I will be reaching out to many organizations to get their support in helping shape an eSports culture that is not only diverse but Inclusive. A culture that is not just about representation but also about utilization. I know these are big ideas, but from McDonald’s to IBM, from Deloitte to Accenture, from Ford to Toyota, top companies do this every day.

 

Prochazka closes by saying that it is time that the community makes it one-hundred percent clear that this kind of crude and ill behavior is no longer acceptable.

"We should lead on diversity, not follow," he says. "We should do it now."

Source: vVv Gaming


Comments

Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

AE: I deleted this the first time.  Do not post it again or I will ban you.

Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

You know, back when I used to operate a gaming news website, I do very well remember writing a very similar point on racism. This was some years ago that I actually wrote that editorial - 2006, I believe. The point still stands, however. Hell, I think I specifically called out Blizzard Entertainment for it's policy that, at least then, stated their zero-tolerance regarding harassment for sexism or racism both in-game and in-chat. The occurrence of their actual policing of the actions and/or doing anything about it was closer to 0 than 1.0. I may have taken a few pot-shots at Xbox Live.

Then again, as most of us probably remember, John Gabriel immortalized this in "Green Blackboards (and Other Anomalies)" back in March 2004. http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

Amazing how times change. Back then, no one gave a crap. Now, with the Anti-Bullying campaign in full swing, everyone's boarding the train...

Don't get me wrong, for the record: I take no issue with the intent of the anti-bullying campaign, I take issue with the campaign itself for being reactionary and not preventative (It's inception alone is also what I take issue with). Back when I was growing up, anyone who got bullied was told to "suck it up" and when they reported it, the quote was "kids are cruel", "boys will be boys", "they're just kids", "girls are mean", "teenagers are teens", etc., etc. You've all heard them before, I'm sure. It took a kid committing suicide for people to suddenly find a problem with bullying? Forgive me if I'm skeptical of the individuals pushing the campaign. indecision

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Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

I agree to being skeptical, school admins were (and are) esp bad about this since they do not want to deal with the problem if it is an embarrassment... but finally getting it out there and getting some real public outrage.. I do not really care how genuine the people getting on the bandwagon are, as long as they are ^_^

Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

Well, one thing we need to get rid of is the stupid idea that 'gay' means 'bad' in the Internet community, I can't believe people have actually been suckered into believing what is quite obviously an attempt to legitimize homophobia. Frankly anyone who hides behind that excuse should be ashamed for not being able to see what is right in front of their face, having been quite deliberately placed there.

 

Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

Your comment is gay.

Joking aside, i'm friends with enough gay people to know this. Gay people are not offended by people using the term "gay" in a bad way. The only person who will ever be offended by being called gay, for any reason, is a homophobic hetero.

Re: vVv Gaming President Calls for Changes to eSports ...

Anecdotic evidence is anecdotic. Your friends and their experience can't speak for the whole homosexual community. Because of that, we need to work under the assumption that it WILL offend people and then ask ourselves if we care/if preventing it would be worse.

 
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