This is how women are really treated in competitive multiplayer games

An experiment conducted by Women in Games Argentina has shown how many women are really treated in competitive multiplayer games.

As shared by TikToker KristaByte and then tweeted by streamer LuluLuvley, the organization tasked three male professional Valorant players with jumping online and playing as usual, only halfway through asking players to enable voice changers to make them sound more feminine.

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

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

“This experiment went exactly as you would imagine. When these guys turned on their voice, every semblance of collaboration changes — seriously, [it went] out of the window.”

The men have been branded a string of sexist slurs and have been trolled for “playing a man’s game,” which unfortunately is still fairly common for most women to turn on voice chat during multiplayer games (and that’s why I’m not particularly keen on the Warzone/Modern Warfare 2 proximity chat).

But it’s not just that. The experiment found that one of the players got 15 kills and two deaths in one game before the males changed their voices to sound more feminine. However, in the next match – with the voice changer on – there were 16 deaths because “the male players they played with in the lobby simply refused to play with them”.

Here’s a video that sums it all up. Proceed with caution, however; the language ranges from just rude to downright awkward and can be disturbing:

One of the experiment’s participants, 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 such an experience on a daily basis.” Another player, Lucius, reportedly said he felt “outrage and frustration”.

“Unfortunately, that’s the reality for most women who are trying to start some kind of career or even a hobby with a sports game,” Krista concluded. “That’s why women don’t feel like they can pursue a career in gaming or esports because that’s how they treat them.

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

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