This is how women are really treated in competitive multiplayer games

An experiment conducted by Women in Games Argentina revealed how many women are actually treated in competitive multiplayer games.

As shared by TikToker KristaByte and then tweeted by streamer LuluLuvley, the organization instructed three male professional Valorant players to log in and play as normal, only halfway through the game players were prompted to activate game changers. voice to make them more feminine.

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“What do you think would happen if men disguised their voices in a Valorant lobby as women?” Krista asked on TikTok.

“Women in Games Argentina decided to try this experiment. Three professional Valorant players, who were male, joined a lobby and played and – in the middle of the game – they put on voice changers to sound like women.

“This experience went exactly as you would have imagined. When these guys turned on their voices, all semblance of cooperation changed – seriously, [it went] by the window.”

The men found themselves being called sexist slurs and accused of “playing a man’s game” which I’m afraid to say is still quite common for most women who turn on voice chat during multiplayer matches (and that’s why I’m not that keen on Warzone/Modern Warfare 2 proximity chat).

It’s not just that, however. The experiment revealed that before the males changed their voices to sound more feminine, one of the players racked up 15 kills and two kills in one game. In the next game, however – with the voice changer on – they suffered 16 deaths because “the male players they were playing with in the lobby just refused to play with them”.

Here is a video that sums it all up. Proceed with caution, however; the language goes from simply rude to downright unpleasant and can be upsetting:

One of the participants in the experience, Alfredo, said that “the experience really takes away your desire to play”, adding: “It’s something you don’t want to do anymore. I don’t want to imagine having to go through a experience like this. on a daily basis”. Another player, Lucius, reportedly said he felt “needy and frustrated”.

“Unfortunately, that’s the reality for most women trying to start a career or even a hobby playing an esports game,” Krista concluded. “That’s why women don’t feel like they can pursue a career in gaming or esports because they’re treated like that.

“The biggest difficulty with these games isn’t the gameplay – it’s the culture.”

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