Social media has given gamers an opportunity to connect with developers in a way that would have been unimaginable just a decade or two ago. Unfortunately, many abused this opportunity, and instead used it to harass others, including Apex Legends Developer Respawn Entertainment. Earlier this month, Respawn issued a statement to defend its employees and vowed to “take appropriate action” against those who harass its employees. Rapper and longtime player T-Pain weighed in on the harassment on his Twitter account, blasting those who were attacking Respawn employees.
“Brother you have to enjoy the cool. It’s a king’s game dude. Play something else if you hate it so much bro. Stay away from your PC/console if you’re so consumed by the game that you feel the need to threaten people who are working hard to make it. Chill O’Brother , ” T-Pain wrote on Twitter.
While video games arouse a lot of passion in gamers, it is important to remember that the games we love are made by real people. Video game development is a difficult and time-consuming process, and burnout is a real risk for employees. Online harassment makes these employees less willing to interact with the fan community as well. We hope that T-Pain’s comments provide some much-needed perspective to those who mistreat developers and their employees online.
At the end of the day, those who work on video games are in business because they have a passion for the medium, and they want to make games that people love. Harassing employees will drive people away from the video game industry, or it may convince them not to go into development at all.
Apex Legends Currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, PC and Nintendo Switch. You can check out all of our previous coverage of the game here.
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