Bugs, unbalanced game mechanics, and other issues can be frustrating, but according to Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment, some players have taken the issues too far and personally attacked individual developers on social media. Respawn tweeted about the harassment tonight, stating: “We welcome community contributions, but don’t cross the line between providing constructive feedback and harassing our development team.”
It’s not clear if a specific incident prompted the tweet, but the game’s developers held a series of Reddit AMAs earlier this week, which have been met with some controversy. Though the moderators seemed to have done a good job of keeping the negativity to a minimum, and the rude comments that got through were met with graceful replies from the developers.
Destiny 2 developer Bungie responded with a tweet of their own in support of Respawn:
To take a stand against toxicity and harassment, we must all work together to build healthier communities. We support you with this @respawn.
– Bungie (@Bungie) 09/22/2022
Most replies to Respawn’s tweet are supportive, although some trolls can be seen in the comments. However, other users tried to explain the possible source of the harassment.
“I’m sure this is due to the limited and lack of communication [with the community]”, explained a Twitter user. “You guys ignore big issues and only respond to small changes in your favour. That’s no excuse for being negative towards developers, but it’s probably short-term anger from players.”
Still, many players agreed that there is no excuse for harassment, especially when it comes to individual developers who often have absolutely no control over certain aspects of the game.
“People forget they’re talking to humans,” replied one Twitter user DaraLaMalice. “Regardless of your opinions, your ideas, how you want the game to play, no matter how angry, frustrated or whatever, no one deserves to be bullied/harassed. You have the right to be upset and explain why, as long as you remain respectful.”
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