Destiny 2: Bungie Developers Address the Growing Amount of Toxicity From the Community Towards Them

Published 07/18/2021, 8:06 AM EDT


Every popular game has a significant community that supports the developers and their efforts to improve the game. But the community also has a dark side which can show up sometimes, and go against the same developers that are working hard on the title. It can be toxic, and spiteful, and definitely unnecessary as well. Recently, the developers of the popular MMORPG title Destiny 2, faced the same issue with its fans.

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A developer recently lashed out on Twitter because of all the harassment the team at Bungie receives all the time. Various players and the game’s community manager stepped in to support him. But this issue has caused a spotlight on the toxicity that players and developers of the title has faced over the past few years.

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Destiny 2 developer berates community for the harassment they face

Recently, Bungie developer Kevin Yanes who works on the Sandbox tweeted about the issues they have faced recently. He ranted about fans asking the developers to be more transparent about the game’s development. However, he hated that most players bad-mouthed them, and criticized the decisions they have taken for the betterment of Destiny 2. Along with that, he stated that they create memes and spread toxicity in the community.

This issue came into light after the slingshot grenade launcher meme surfaced on the internet. The meme joked about the statements Yades made in a podcast about the Grenade Launcher being a slingshot weapon. A lot of fans disagreed with his stance, which shouldn’t be a problem. But, things became ugly quickly with a lot of negative comments which aren’t acceptable.

Bungie wants to be more transparent

Content creators Hush responded to Yanes’ tweets with the community’s viewpoint about the situation. He asked the developers to have more conversations with the community on platforms like Twitter. He also mentioned that they want to have a direct conversation instead of passing feedback through tweets.

Bungie’s Senior Community Manager Dylan “dmg04” Gafner replied affirmatively to Hush’s response. He noted that toxic fans replied negatively at their attempts to create a direct conversation with insults on platforms like Twitter. Gafner later mentioned them fans will go after the developers for one statement they make in a long conversation.

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In the end, Gafner is pushing for more transparency with the team’s developments at Bungie. Destiny 2 has been quite vocal about the tweaks the developers make in the game with weekly blog posts and more. But, fans should make sure that they don’t be toxic against these hard working developers, and support them to create the best possible game.

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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