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