Imagine a world in which you're playing as a wide receiver for a football team and every time you can't catch the ball, no matter how hard or easy the pass, your own team will flame the living shit out of you, your family, your race and sexuality, and then tell the other team "wide receiver diff".
Let me go back for a little bit.
A few days ago, Voyvoy, well-known League of Legends streamer, recorded a 9 min video explaining how insanely toxic the community is. He is right, this happens in most games, but specially in League.
Toxicity comes in different ways, but the common ones are:
We can't really compare it to sports can we? The second somebody flames a teammate like that, everybody will physically f^ck that person up, and if he/she is trying to lose the game on purpose in pro, amateur or friendly games the coach will simply replace them, or then again, they will get in a fight.
Sports demonstrated that motivated bonded teams are the key for success.
But hold on... here it comes the factor of anonymity, the wonderful place where people grab their ego insecurities, turbulent thoughts and existential problems, and dump them to another anonymous person.
Part of the game right? Well... no for everybody.
It's still a community, where a bunch of people would also use it as:
What's the solution?
In my opinion, I still love the game and I do like Riot as a publisher, and toxicity is a society problem reflected in games, so we can't ask Riot to completely solve it. However, other games are less toxic which means that Riot isn't doing enough. If it happened with League, it could happen with Valorant.
A couple cents