New data confirms that Call of Duty fans are the most toxic of all games

A new study examined how positive or negative the communities of different games are. Analysis of social media data revealed that Call of Duty fans are the most toxic there is.

There are many Call of Duty titles out there. From Warzone, Vanguard, and CoD Mobile players to the remaining Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare fans, there’s no shortage of folks devoted to the FPS franchise.

As it turns out, this playerbase isn’t just out for clicking heads and editing loadouts. They also seem to be the most committed to…toxicity across all of the gaming communities.

A new study by word tips dove into the social media data via thousands of tweets and hundreds of followers for a range of gaming and entertainment communities. This led to a clear conclusion: CoD fans are more negative than any other game.

Call of Duty fans are the most toxic in the gaming world

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Call of Duty fans are officially the most negative gamers on the internet.

While it’s unclear exactly which games were considered for this study, the methodology notes that they analyzed “a long list of fan bases.” This work led to the Call of Duty community being dubbed the most negative video game fanbase online.

With 184 negative words per 1,000 tweeted words, CoD’s fans are apparently about 11.5% more toxic than the second most negative gaming group (Mortal Kombat).

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How Call of Duty fans compare to other fanbases in terms of internet negativity.

These dates are perhaps not too surprising given the franchise’s well-documented death reports and trash talk. challenge people to a 1v1, even over random online disputesis a popular element of CoD culture. Warzone bugs have even inadvertently penalized players for their toxicity in the past.

What may come as a surprise, however, is that CoD’s fandom wasn’t the most toxic group studied. According to the research, Rihanna’s fans take the top spot – easily displacing gamers with 186 negative words per 1,000. New data confirms that Call of Duty fans are the most toxic of all games

Emma Bowman

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