According to Twitter user @BiggSean66, no fewer than “7 death threats and 1600 personal attacks” have been sent to him over the progression systems employed in EA’s latest shooter, Star Wars Battlefront II.
BiggSean66 or Sean as he’s known on the social media outlet spoke out regarding personal threats made towards the developer for his work on a “feature” in Battlefront II before switching his account to private overnight. Following his revelation, tweets have begun streaming in from fellow members of the gaming community in support of @BiggSean66, who identifies himself as a developer working for Electronic Arts.
No matter how you feel about a feature in a game, this is never okay. https://t.co/89J3wMuT2O
— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) November 13, 2017
Adding to others reminding that death threats are NEVER, EVER justified. I don't care how much you dislike a game or company, this is never alright. Hope you're ok Sean. https://t.co/i1e61kdLa2
— Tanya @ PAXUnplugged (@cypheroftyr) November 13, 2017
To be clear.
Death threats are NEVER justified. Ever. They shouldn’t be tolerated or normalized. Not in our industry or any others. https://t.co/oszudoGjsU
— Andrien Gbinigie (@EscoBlades) November 13, 2017
The uproar refers to the inclusion of microtransactions in the form of loot boxes in EA’s sci-fi shooter. Inside each loot boxes are tools that can boost a player’s performance in multiplayer battles, with many fans and players believe this makes the game a “play-to-win” title.
Additionally, complaints have been tossed towards EA and DICE for heroes being locked behind in-game credit paywalls just like the various weapons in the game. EA has explained that this is to ensure that players have something to look forward to while continuing to progress, a comment which resulted in over 300,000 downvotes on a recent Reddit post.
We at PressA2Join agree that the best way to voice your discontent with contents of a game is through calm, written words. Threats towards developers are never acceptable.