Report: 79% of League of Legends players have faced harassment

Report: 79% of League of Legends players have faced harassment

A new survey shows that League of Legends from Riot Games has something of a toxicity problem in its community.

That's according to research done by Reddit user Clanaria, who ran a survey into the game during January, which shows that 79 per cent of respondents had faced harassment after a match with 46 per cent saying this had happened multiple times. Meanwhile, nearly all users responding – 98 per cent – said that they had been flamed (insulted) during a game, with three quarters saying that this had happened more than once.

79 per cent of male respondents had faced insults, compared to 73 per cent of female replies. Meanwhile, 32 per cent of female respondents said they had faced sexual remarks or prepositions (we're going to assume this is propositions!), compared to just three per cent of male participants.

3,784 people replied to the survey, 87 per cent of which were male with the remaining 12 per cent being female.

41 per cent of male respondents admit to being toxic in the MOBA before, while 19 per cent say they sometimes still are. Meanwhile, 36 per cent of female respondents admit to being toxic, with nine per cent still exhibiting this behaviour on occasion.

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