About five years ago I started playing War Commander an online game made by Kixeye. While my experience overall has been enjoyable the last year hasn’t and it’s due to cyberbullying.
Kixeye has a feature where you can report players for bullying and harassment and I have utilized that feature. I’ve seen all kinds of things in chat and yes I realize it’s a war game and that means there’s a certain level of smack talk. Still there are lines that get drawn and are unacceptable to cross, that’s when I will report.
The issue was nothing ever got resolved when you report a player for harassment, which emboldened those who considered me an enemy. When bringing it up with their leader he didn’t believe it and made excuses.
Resolution only came when I had technical issues and I would also report what was going on in the chats. The two players are now thankfully banned, yet surprisingly enough I received communication from Kixeye saying “we will no longer be taking action against harassment reports. We recommend use of the in-game ignore function. If you continue the ticket about harassment you run the risk of permanently losing support access.”
Essentially this is telling me exactly what I thought of their inaction when it comes to harassment reports. Kixye is giving cyberbullies a free pass and that is not acceptable. In one of the reports I was also victim blamed as if I didn’t know a war game wouldn’t mean that there was smack talk.
Yet, here are some of the comments made:
“I’d put a bullet in his head if I ever met him.”
“You should suck on a shotgun barrel and end your pathetic loser life.”
“Pity Hitler missed your family.”
“u need a bulllet in your head in real life.”
“I hope I can give him a bullet in his head in real life.”
“Yeah I would love to round up him and his family and gas them.”
“When I come back to the U.S. your a dead man.”
These definitely crossed over said lines and all got reported to Kixeye with nothing being done. They both also made several other accounts in attempts to troll me. Meaning that the ignore in chat option wouldn’t have worked anyways.
Kixeye has done a terrible job in how it handles cyberbullying and harassment and that is something that needs to get addressed within the company immediately. Hopefully this is the eye opener the company needs.