What is the toxicity of gamers in video games and which are the most toxic communities?

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After a long and busy day, there is nothing better than enjoying a game of your favorite video game. However, the situation can become extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. What is the toxicity of gamers in video games and which are the most toxic communities?

Unfortunately, there are people with little spirit of (healthy) competitiveness. This goes far beyond cheating in a game. On many occasions, personal information is also used to harass.

Player toxicity

Technology and video games have gone hand in hand to revolutionize the entertainment world. In short, the organization of the tournaments has brought out the best in many people. However, and unfortunately, the video games have also brought out the worst in others.



It's painful to say it ... but it's the truth. In online video games it is extremely common to come across so-called "toxic players". Characters engaged in harassing or taunting other players.

Classification of toxic players

A toxic player can obviously adopt different personalities, depending on what he is trying to achieve. Your actions can harm a complete stranger as well as teammates.

The Troll

The troll is certainly one of the most frequent in online games. He can act alone, as well as lead a group. This type of behavior has been analyzed by psychologists. Based on the studies carried out by Marta Garrote, the troll yes enjoys ruining the experience of the rest of the players.

the flamboyant

The typical provocateur. According to Marta Garrote, these types of players have low levels of frustration tolerance. If they make a mistake, immediately look for items or other players as responsible.


How these types of players react in adverse situations is a cause for concern on many platforms. These types of people resort to insults sexists, racists and any other type of discrimination. To a large extent, they are responsible for other players abandoning a game and even the video game.


the inclined

Frustration takes hold of these types of players. Like the flamethrower, they have a low frustration tolerance. And while his actions are inexcusable, his attitude has an explanation. Garrote found that these players they transfer their frustrations family, work or social to video games.

As such, Marta Garrote does not consider these types of players to be completely toxic. Since it is something that is much easier to correct and temporary. However, his actions, likewise, primarily affect his teammates.

The social toxin

Player toxicity is as contagious as a virus. And according to Garrote, the social toxin is the perfect example of this. They are people who, in one way or another, do they let themselves be carried away by the toxicity of their peers. When you see a toxic attack, the social toxic substance goes with the flow instead of stopping this situation.

Garrote explains that this is a mechanism in which negative behaviors are reinforced. In a way, these types of players don't have a lot of presence in a group or team. And it is through the contribution of attacks or harassment that it seeks acceptance of the rest.

The most toxic communities

Player toxicity has a place in online video games. There have been many platforms that have dedicated themselves to taking action on the matter.


However, the growth of these kinds of attitudes in games remains a worrying problem. Among the most toxic communities are: Fortnite, League of Legends, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and PUBG.

Based on studies conducted by the NGO Anti-Defamation League, the toxicity of players in video games has produced worrying results.

  • 74% of players have suffered attacks.
  • 65% of these attacks were verbal.
  • 29% of the players was forced to abandon a video game.

All united for fair play!

Player toxicity in video games has been a problem that really worries a lot of people. Especially parents whose children spend a lot of time in these popular video games.


However, many platforms are concentrating their forces to take corrective action. For League of Legends, you can report a player. While in Fortnite, accounts can be banned.


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