The Toxicity Rating

The world’s first rating system monitoring racism, gender discrimination and the overall toxicity in online gaming communities.

Each rating was created by surveying hundreds of gamers. And represents the average amount of racism, gender discrimination, violence towards others, crude humour and controlled substance conversation experienced while playing online.
Call of Duty

78% of respondents reported experiencing toxicity playing Call of Duty online.

Survey Results

Racism: 75%

Gender discrimination: 67%

Direct violent threats: 90%

Sexual content: 74%

Crude humour: 79%

Controlled substances conversation: 82%

Racism
Controlled
Substances
Crude
Humour
Sexual
Content
Violence
Gender
Discrimination
Game Description

Call of Duty is a video game series and media franchise published by Activision.

Fortnite

76% of respondents reported experiencing toxicity playing Fortnite online.

Survey Results

Racism: 69%

Gender discrimination: 66%

Direct violent threats: 85%

Sexual content: 80%

Crude humour: 84%

Controlled substances conversation: 73%

Racism
Controlled
Substances
Crude
Humour
Sexual
Content
Violence
Gender
Discrimination
Game Description

Fortnite is an online video game and game platform developed by Epic Games.

Minecraft

62% of respondents reported experiencing toxicity playing Minecraft online.

Survey Results

Racism: 56%

Gender discrimination: 54%

Direct violent threats: 78%

Sexual content: 64%

Crude humour: 68%

Controlled substances conversation: 54%

Racism
Controlled
Substances
Crude
Humour
Sexual
Content
Violence
Gender
Discrimination
Game Description
Minecraft is a sandbox game developed by Mojang Studios.
Apex Legends

76% of respondents reported experiencing toxicity playing Apex Legends online.

Survey Results

Racism: 74%

Gender discrimination: 65%

Direct violent threats: 85%

Sexual content: 83%

Crude humour: 80%

Controlled substances conversation: 67%

Racism
Controlled
Substances
Crude
Humour
Sexual
Content
Violence
Gender
Discrimination
Game Description

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale-hero shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts.

Valorant

77% of respondents reported experiencing toxicity playing Valorant online.

Survey Results

Racism: 70%

Gender discrimination: 66%

Direct violent threats: 83%

Sexual content: 87%

Crude humour: 77%

Controlled substances conversation: 77%

Racism
Controlled
Substances
Crude
Humour
Sexual
Content
Violence
Gender
Discrimination
Game Description

Valorant is a free-to-play first-person tactical hero shooter developed and published by Riot Games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Coming Soon) Rocket League (Coming Soon) Destiny 2 (Coming Soon) Halo Infinite (Coming Soon) GTA Online (Coming Soon)

Our Mission

Making gaming safer for all gamers.

The Toxicity Rating was created to inform gamers and parents of what kind of content they can expect to encounter while playing online. And call attention to the fact that the gaming community desperately needs change to be an inclusive safe space for all who play.

Toxicity score

Video games are assigned age and content ratings by the The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) — letting parents and the over 3 billion people that play online games make informed decisions.

But these ratings are missing one crucial rating for parents: how toxic is the online gaming community?

That’s why we launched the Toxicity Rating. A rating providing information about each gaming community and what gamers may experience while playing online games.

We surveyed hundreds of gamers that take part in online gaming communities every day. They were asked how often they’re exposed to racism, gender discrimination, violence (towards others), sexual content, crude humour and controlled substances while gaming. Individual online games were assigned toxicity ratings based on their responses. These will help inform gamers, parents and the general public of the things gamers are exposed to while playing some of the biggest online games.

Help reform ESRB game ratings and reduce toxicity by signing the petition.

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Melanin Gamers

Melanin Gamers is a change-maker organization dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the video game industry. The organization strives to provide a safe space, both online and in real life, for people of colour to come together and feel represented. Melanin Gamers hopes to contribute to lasting change in the video game industry that reflects players from all walks of life.

Survey

Help us determine Toxicity Ratings.
Help parents and gamers know what to expect.

Right now, games get rated for what happens in story mode.  Not what happens online.

By completing this survey, you’re helping create a new rating system that factors in the online community and play of each game. This rating system will detail the level of racism, gender discrimination and overall toxicity exhibited by the communities playing games online.

The survey is completely anonymous and we’ll only use the data collected to help inform the ratings.

 

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Sexuality

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any descriptions of, inferences of, references to, or depictions of sexuality, suggestiveness, provocative attire or nudity.

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Please rate the level of sexuality from mild to extreme.

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Controlled Substances

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game included references to or use of illegal drugs, abused prescription drugs, alcohol or tabacco.

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Please rate the level of controlled substances from mild to extreme.

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Crude Humour

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game included references to bodily functions such as belching, flatulence, or vomiting used for humourous, offensive or derogatory purposes.

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Please rate the level of crude humour from mild to extreme.

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Racism

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game included the usage of, inference of, or description of racist, xenophobic, and race-based discrimination and/or hate.

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Where did you experience racism? (Select all that apply).

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Violence

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game included descriptions of,inferences of, references to, or depictions of violence in any form.

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Did you experience violence and racism used together?

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Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game, such as audio and/or text, included any of the following types of content.

Gender Discrimination

Please indicate if the interactive user-generated aspects of this game included sexism, misogyny and homophobia.

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Where do you experience gender discrimination? (Select all that apply).

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Did you observe gender discrimination and racism used together?

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Did you observe gender discrimination and violence used together?

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Please answer the following demographic questions.

What is your gender identity?

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What is your age?

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Please indicate your robotness

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