Don't change your name, change the game
“Go back to the kitchen”
77% of all female gamers have experienced harassment for being just that – female gamers. Name-calling, mansplaining, slurs, boycott, threats, sexual comments, advances, rude noises. The list goes on. As a result 59% of female gamers use male or gender-neutral aliases. To be left alone, to be able to focus on the game.
To shine a light onto this dark corner of the gaming industry we got five female gamers to share the worst comments they have encountered, and our very own Joakim «Jkaem» Myrbostad, to play under a female alias.
Take a look
«Slut, cunt, whore»
“Your voice is turning me on”, “I’m gonna find out where you live, rape you and kill you”, “Cunt”, “Slut”, “Whore”.
It’s not “just the name of the game.” We’re not talking about smack-talk. Roasting your competitors, coming up with the sickest burn. Fine. We’re all passionate here. But it’s time to draw a line. It should be about the game, not gender, sexual orientation or skin color.
It’s time for the industry to step up. Apeks is the biggest player in Norwegian e-sports. None of our players will ever ignore harassment again. Neither should you.