Electronic Arts has issued a public statement following the online harassment of its developers at DICE. The company has been targeted by disgruntled Battlefield fans in the past few weeks after players were upset about the state of Battlefield 2042.
EA Games claims that Battlefield 2042 developers have been targeted and harassed online by a large group of angry players (likely the last group of people playing the game). The frustration related to the state of the game has been turned into hate and developers have received nasty texts and social media messages as a result.
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In the statement, EA Games says it will not tolerate toxic behaviour from the community and is against the hate targeted towards its development team. It claims that while negative behaviour has always been there, there’s been an increased amount of harassment towards members of the development team in recent weeks.
“Recently we have witnessed increased harassment towards members of our development team. But to maintain a healthy and open dialogue with our community, we will protect our teams and people from toxicity and harassment. We believe this has no place inside our game or within the Battlefield community.”
EA Games says the company will enforce strict guidelines across all Battlefield platforms to ensure toxic behaviour is dealt with accordingly. It says that by simply playing Battlefield 2042, users across to the EA User Agreement and that this behaviour won’t be acceptable.
The company hasn’t detailed what it plans to do with offenders but given the harassment is done through forums and social media, EA will report and ban users who don’t show respect.
Of course, the statement didn’t go down well. Users on Twitter responded saying that the harassment is warranted. Some users claim that EA and the development team “deserve” the hate due to the “garbage” game that was released.
Other users claim that the choices EA has made in the development process post-launch have led to the backlash. EA has since nerfed some Specialists and even delayed new content for Battlefield 2042.
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