Why Is Sexual Harassment Rife In Rocket League?

Come on fellas, can we sort this out please? I shouldn’t have to write a piece explaining why sexually harassing women while playing online games is bad. Should I?

For some context, I am a man, so I cannot say that I have had a long exposure to sexual harassment from other gamers online. To be truthful, it was never something that I saw personally, so my experience of the issue was very minimal. However, I am now in a position where I play Rocket League frequently with Lucy, my other half, and I can see that there is a unique formula that seems to encourage harassment. What is it you ask?

Female + being good = sexual harassment

Lucy’s online ID contains her name, and from that you can most likely tell that she is a girl. To top it off, Lucy is actually great at Rocket League. Don’t tell her, but she plays miles better than me half the time. But this deadly combination often results in messages from other players calling her their ‘bae’, or asking her what she is wearing, or if she is single… or worse. And it’s getting really predictable. Just after Lucy scored a great goal recently I turned to her and said “I bet you get a message saying, oh Lucy, you’re such a bae” and believe it or not, they did! You can see below.

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So guys, this is a problem that we need to band together to fix. Gaming should be a place where everyone can play together without the risk of harassment – sexual or otherwise. We all love the idea of getting a ‘gamer girl’ but do we really want that at the cost of becoming morally questionable? And to all the girls, keep on gaming. Don’t let this minority get you down, because at the end of the day all most of us want is to see your Rocket League skills!

  • Michael Scoates

    Sexual harassment in gaming has gone on for so long simply because it has been allowed to by those at the top. If we hold THEM accountable, force them to see the problem, encourage them to add more diversity to their leadership then things should change.

    There seems to be a definite cultural correlation between harassment in gaming and all other areas, like in football or the workplace. It needs to be tackled, if it gets ignored too long or dismissed just as ‘banter’ then it becomes, just like sexual harassment in gaming has been for the last 20 years or so, the norm.

    Some organisations are great and stamp out toxic environments or behaviours before they can gain traction, other organisations… not so great.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      it ISNT the norm!!! what the hell is wrong with you! It’s the norm amongst trolls and fools! it most certainly isnt encouraged by all those in power… just because it may not be ‘checked’ doesn’t mean company bosses and those in charge accept this type of culture…

      It’s the same as racism and violent threats, they are part of day to day gaming culture because of the amount of rude/disgusting trolls online but thats not to the fault of the companies! Of course more could be done to remove anonymity so people dont feel AS comfortable in behaving this way but at the end of the day the actions of the people is certainly not the fault of the companies thats SUCH a short sighted vision of how the world works ESPECIALLY when it comes to internet culture.

    • Neptunium

      “Goony beard man has opinion about sexism in gaming, more news at 9”

  • Michael Scoates

    Sexual harassment in gaming has gone on for so long simply because it has been allowed to by those at the top. If we hold THEM accountable, force them to see the problem, encourage them to add more diversity to their leadership then things should change.

    There seems to be a definite cultural correlation between harassment in gaming and all other areas, like in football or the workplace. It needs to be tackled, if it gets ignored too long or dismissed just as ‘banter’ then it becomes, just like sexual harassment in gaming has been for the last 20 years or so, the norm.

    Some organisations are great and stamp out toxic environments or behaviours before they can gain traction, other organisations… not so great.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      it ISNT the norm!!! what the hell is wrong with you! It’s the norm amongst trolls and fools! it most certainly isnt encouraged by all those in power… just because it may not be ‘checked’ doesn’t mean company bosses and those in charge accept this type of culture…

      It’s the same as racism and violent threats, they are part of day to day gaming culture because of the amount of rude/disgusting trolls online but thats not to the fault of the companies! Of course more could be done to remove anonymity so people dont feel AS comfortable in behaving this way but at the end of the day the actions of the people is certainly not the fault of the companies thats SUCH a short sighted vision of how the world works ESPECIALLY when it comes to internet culture.

    • Neptunium

      “Goony beard man has opinion about sexism in gaming, more news at 9”

  • spideynut71

    Our new President-elect thinks it’s perfectly normal and OK to randomly grab a woman’s va-jay-jay….this thing isn’t going to get “sorted out” anytime soon.

    • EnricoIsPixelated

      It is people like you that led to the push back which led to Donald Trump …. salty little cry baby

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      Are you people still on this shit? Seriously! It got old a long time ago.

  • spideynut71

    Our new President-elect thinks it’s perfectly normal and OK to randomly grab a woman’s va-jay-jay….this thing isn’t going to get “sorted out” anytime soon.

    • EnricoIsPixelated

      It is people like you that led to the push back which led to Donald Trump …. salty little cry baby

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      Are you people still on this shit? Seriously! It got old a long time ago.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    this is actually stupidity… although this is wrong…. and shouldn’t take place! this article has made rocketleague look like a game RIFE in sexual harassment! and then gone onto show one example.

    It’s not the games fault… rather these idiots faults!

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    this is actually stupidity… although this is wrong…. and shouldn’t take place! this article has made rocketleague look like a game RIFE in sexual harassment! and then gone onto show one example.

    It’s not the games fault… rather these idiots faults!

  • jlenoconel

    Ah, nice clickbait. So called sexual harassment wouldn’t occur anymore in this game than anywhere else. Nice try though.

  • jlenoconel

    Ah, nice clickbait. So called sexual harassment wouldn’t occur anymore in this game than anywhere else. Nice try though.

  • Shaun Joy

    Considering the long comment that broke down the article was not approved (for some ODD reason.), let me try in a different way.

    I’ll ask the writer and I have a youtube hangouts discussion, going over the issues in question, so that the claims here can be looked at, and see if it truly applies to the entire Rocket League universe, and a discussion either way about what can be done about toxic players in general. Considering this is the “work together” that the article’s call to action talks about, I hope that he’d be willing to.

    So, interested?

  • Shaun Joy

    Considering the long comment that broke down the article was not approved (for some ODD reason.), let me try in a different way.

    I’ll ask the writer and I have a youtube hangouts discussion, going over the issues in question, so that the claims here can be looked at, and see if it truly applies to the entire Rocket League universe, and a discussion either way about what can be done about toxic players in general. Considering this is the “work together” that the article’s call to action talks about, I hope that he’d be willing to.

    So, interested?

  • InBeforeTheLock

    Ohnoes, someone called her “bae”. The horror, THE HORROR! It’s a retarded word to use, but hardly amounts to sexual harassment.

  • InBeforeTheLock

    Ohnoes, someone called her “bae”. The horror, THE HORROR! It’s a retarded word to use, but hardly amounts to sexual harassment.

  • beersholding

    There is no sexual harassment in Rocket League, cuck. Better luck next time 🙂

  • beersholding

    There is no sexual harassment in Rocket League, cuck. Better luck next time 🙂

  • ThirteenthLetter

    Gotta keep that narrative rolling, I suppose.

  • ThirteenthLetter

    Gotta keep that narrative rolling, I suppose.

  • Ms_Fortune

    One account of sad virgins hitting on you cause you’re good at the game=rife with sexism?

    Enough this nonsense narrative, its a game about playing car soccer for godsakes, ignore them, report them, block them use the myriad of tools at your disposal to deal with people like that.

  • Ms_Fortune

    One account of sad virgins hitting on you cause you’re good at the game=rife with sexism?

    Enough this nonsense narrative, its a game about playing car soccer for godsakes, ignore them, report them, block them use the myriad of tools at your disposal to deal with people like that.

  • Neptunium

    Agenda pushing dreck from cultural marxists.

  • Neptunium

    Agenda pushing dreck from cultural marxists.

  • Rathalos Ingobernable

    Grow a spine you slack-jawed simpleton or learn to turn off the chat. No wonder your significant other is better at games than you if you haven’t even figured this much out yet.

  • Rathalos Ingobernable

    Grow a spine you slack-jawed simpleton or learn to turn off the chat. No wonder your significant other is better at games than you if you haven’t even figured this much out yet.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Oh look: another shitty “Everything is sexist!” clickbait article.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    Oh look: another shitty “Everything is sexist!” clickbait article.

  • NorBdelta

    I simply cannot take this article seriously, the game has features to block unpleasant individuals. And moreover all games feature smack talk, male or female, and painting female players as especially vulnerable to this is very demeaning.

  • NorBdelta

    I simply cannot take this article seriously, the game has features to block unpleasant individuals. And moreover all games feature smack talk, male or female, and painting female players as especially vulnerable to this is very demeaning.

  • EvanCops

    This is such a non issue

  • EvanCops

    This is such a non issue

  • Daniel Bueno

    Who else is here after that NeatMike video?

    btw, he made some experiments to check if this is true in some RL games and… well, no harassment happened.

  • Unknown Identity

    LOL thats just how the gaming community is they JOKE about stuff like that and if you cant handle it then stop playing… seriously theres alot of girls that do the same thing but no one cares because its…HUMOR

  • sdfsdf

    alert(“xss”)