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Video Game Voice Chat Is So Toxic, Two Black Gamers Are Taking On The Issue Themselves

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The Watch took their online campaign to stamp out racism in online gaming to TwitchCon earlier this month.

Racism and bigotry in certain online gaming spaces have become so synonymous with the culture, most players have just accepted the toxicity as part of the experience. For example, people who play Call of Duty today and use voice chat are generally split into two camps: those willing to put up with an endless stream of racist and sexist comments from random people on the internet, and those who avoid online lobbies altogether in favor of using voice chat alternatives like Discord to speak to their friends.

But Annabel Ashalley-Anthony, founder of “Melanin Gamers,” believes racism, sexism, and homophobia only persists in online games because there hasn’t been a serious industry-wide effort to actually try and address the problem.

“It’s easier to report a cheater than to report someone saying something sexist

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Factorio studio angers Russian gamers by increasing regional price from $9 to $174

Factorio (opens in new tab) developer Wube Software is facing a fierce backlash from Russian gamers after suddenly and sharply increasing the price of the game on Steam in Russia. The price hike resulted in a flood of hundreds of negative user reviews (opens in new tab)and while the overall rating remains “overwhelmingly positive,” the current rating is “mixed,” with just over half of the user reviews posted over the past 30 days being positive.

As shown by SteamDB (opens in new tab), the price of Factorio in Russia had held steady at 520 ($9) since Factorio’s launch in 2020. On July 14, however, it shot up to 10,000—more than $174. That’s a hell of a price for an indie game on Steam in any country, and it came without any word from the developer about a reason for the increase, or even an acknowledgment that it had

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Mark Neace earned $700K coaching ‘League of Legends’ gamers

This retired soldier is making a mint teaching pretend warriors how to fight on their computers.

Mark Neacean ex-Army Intelligence sergeant, coaches people on how to play the video game “League of Legends” — the most popular game played on a competitive level around the world.

While E-sports are gaining traction — even being eyed as an Olympic event — the pool of coaches is still small, and the 33-year-old Virginian has seized the opportunity. He estimates he earned $700,000 last year.

“I’m one of the first video game coaches, so I don’t really have to fight to retain clients, as silly as that sounds,” said Neace, who served a tour in Afghanistan during a four-year military career. “If a fitness trainer heard that, they’d be like, ‘That’s amazing,’ because that’s such a competitive industry and everybody on Instagram is a fitness influencer these days.”

Charging $250 to $300

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STEPN Kickstarts Gamers’ Interest As GMT Capitalizes On Bullish Retracement

And the game is on for STEPN as the GMT token plays in sync with other cryptocurrencies amplified for the bull run. In the past couple of weeks, STEPN has been making upgrades on its network to rekindle the waning interest of gamers. And the token seems to be making a lot of progress.

The move-to-earn game has recently rolled out Health Points that set a certain life cycle for STEPN sneakers. They also were brewing an exciting STEPNrun Contest that is scheduled to kick off from July 25 to August 8 which is meant to get the word out about STEPN on social media. The contest is designed to run on both Instagram and Twitter.

GMT Token Price Warms Up At $1.01

The GMT token price is currently at $1.01 and is forecasted to take off in the past couple of days. It looks like STEPN is just warming

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Some “Gamers” Are Really Upset About GTA 6 Having a Female Protagonist

Recent reports of a GTA 6 female protagonist has had an interesting response, to say the least. There are those who are simply looking forward to the game and want to see how it all plays out. On the other hand are “real gamers” who are upset that Rockstar Games is going “woke” (and about to go broke, or whatever the cool kids say), and the idea of ​​a female protagonist in such a hardcore crime game that’s strictly meant for the most masculine of all males is just unacceptable. Such are the reactions that one of the best Twitter accounts, Shitty Gamer Takes, came out of retirement to share some of the shittiest takes on the story.

The idea of ​​a GTA 6 female protagonist upset one GOP Congressional candidate as well

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