How Competitive Games Change Communities
It’s been repeated time and time again how great the Destiny community is. Part of this can be attributed to Bungie themselves. They created a game that required teamwork and cooperation and their players bought into the idea. However, the leaders of the community also deserve a lot of credit as well. People such as Gothalion, Luminosity, RealKraftyy and so many others have created a positive atmosphere through their streams, actions in game and Twitter. If Destiny manages to take the leaps required to become a truly great Esport, this could change.
These community members are influential and have such followings because the community deems them valuable. They are entertaining, among the best in the game, and promote positive atmospheres which allows more viewers in twitch chats to feel welcome. What tends to happen when a game goes competitive to the point that professionals play it, is that the community puts extra emphasis on being the best in the game.
In Destiny, there currently are different avenues to be a face in the community. Some people run podcasts ranging in topics from how to improve in the crucible to the lore of the game. Others do trials carries, or incredibly in-depth breakdowns of all the different guns and abilities in the game. Whether the community wants to admit it or not, there are still people who enjoy the PvE content. In competitive games, it’s very hard to get anyone to care about you if you aren’t a professional player, because competitive games bring an audience of people who dream about playing on the main stage.
Competitive communities tend to be more hostile than others. We’ve even seen it within our own scene at times, where people have been reluctant to get into sweats due to the attitudes. In order to promote a positive atmosphere, we as a community need to stick to our roots and as remember that we have been called the best community around. Toxic streamers/players will only bring us down.
In an ideal world Bungie would love to develop a game where there is room for both the hardcore FPS player and the MMO fan. If that’s the case, the community would be large enough to support leaders of all kinds. Regardless, those currently a part of the Destiny community should take pride in the environment you have helped create. Though it has its moments, it’s truly a great group of people. And If a wave of players join, hold them to a high standard and teach them the etiquette and respect you have learned over the years playing this game.