NBA star claims League of Legends players are more toxic than basketballers25th March 2020
Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has criticised League of Legends (LoL) players, suggesting they are more toxic than basketball players.
The fast paced, action-strategy game is well known in the world of eSports for its highly competitive nature with people all over the world vying to be the best.
Since launch, it has gathered more than 100 million players and crowds this large often come hand in hand with toxicity.
Traditional sports are similar in this regard. English football fans can be cruel to one another, especially when it comes to local rivalries.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States is no different, as Hayward explained live on Twitch.
However, it is far less worse than in League of Legends, he says.
The Celtics star revealed that he couldn’t imagine professional players berating each other on the court, nor would they ridicule others for missing a three pointer.
In video games, particularly with multiplayer modes, there is an abundance of people will who target others solely for their own amusement.
Part of the problem lies in League of Legends’ online nature where players are always hidden behind a screen and seldom see each other.
This anonymity breeds a toxic nature because people feel as though their actions matter less and it is more difficult to be held accountable.
It is worth noting that the grief Hayward details is not often found during competitions since eSports players are at events and so on in a professional capacity.
As such, decorum is mandatory or else consequences must be faced.
Whereas, casual online games will naturally attract those looking to cause trouble or antagonise a teammate for making a mistake.
This is because the pool of people playing is far greater than the select few skilled enough to compete at the highest echelons.
Add to that, there is no real consequence for their actions in a non-professional game because the target isn’t likely to report them.
In the event the guilty party is reported, at worst they will receive a temporary ban if it is their first offence.
But in professional games, reputation is on the line along with the possibility of disqualification and as such, it is less common to see issues like this arise.
In any case, Hayward’s comments highlight an ongoing problem with online games because it is far too common for players to be harassed by others.
There is no real way to combat the issue, either.
Until developers can enforce more stringent rules, people will continue to antagonise those looking to have fun and relax.
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