A group of women are targeting harassers in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Bully Hunters, a vigilante group of women, is out to fight back against trolls, in-game misogynists and sexual harassers in the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In a video they’ve posted on YouTube, Bully Hunters warn: “If you think harassment is just part of the game, we know who you are, we know what you play, and we are coming for you.” You can watch the video below for yourself, though I warn you that there is some offensive language that may offend.
The video was uploaded on the 6th of April, and since then it has reached a numerous of YouTube personalities. There have been videos already implying that the Bully Hunters are unnecessary, yet one look at the comments on their Facebook account already proves those videos incorrect. Regardless of whether you believe Bully Hunters are needed or not, the group is taking the initiative of defending women from online trolls very seriously because now CS:GO players who face abuse can report to their website, BullyHunters.org. They are also supported by organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the Diverse Gaming Coalition.
For those who are wondering how this vigilante group works, a spokesperson for the group told Polygon, “Once a Bully Hunter is called into the game, they will have the ability to communicate directly with the victim and observe the situation before jumping in to ensure their help is indeed needed. Most importantly, after the game, the Bully Hunter can evaluate the experience and rate if the request wasn’t valid. The tool will also have a rating and reporting system in place so if anyone is misusing the platform they will be eliminated from using it.” Thankfully the women involved will have an anonymous identity, stopping trolls from using the platform to try and reveal the vigilante group’s identities.
When asked why they had created the initiative, the Bully Hunters had this to say: “The Bully Hunters are spreading awareness about the prevalent issue of in-game sexual harassment to spur change.” They added, “they hope that through more conversation, fewer online gamers will tolerate this behavior and work to put an end to it.”
Though at the same time, the Bully Hunters don’t want to engage in the behavior they are trying to put a stop to. “The Bully Hunters will not incite or encourage additional harassment or abuse,” said the spokesperson. “They will only engage with harassers through gameplay and will eliminate them from the game using their skills and talent, not harassment.”
So, what do you think of the Bully Hunters? Are they needed or is a vigilante group just going to end up making things worse? Let us know in the comments below.