Gamers in China are referring to unlucky players as “Africans”
Racial stereotypes thrive in China’s gaming community
In an online forum in China, one gamer posed a curious question: “Am I an African or a European?”
One gamer who plays Onmyoji, a fantasy strategy game from NetEase, said the racial biases might have stemmed from an old Chinese saying that describes someone facing misfortune as “black on the forehead”.
NetEase declined to comment when contacted by SCMP.
Another gamer who plays Kantai Collection, an online game in which players collect different characters, said the terms seem to have appeared around five years ago. In the game, players are called admirals -- and some started calling unlucky players “African admirals”.
Today, those terms have evolved to include “African tribal chief”, which refers to the most unfortunate players -- and “European emperor”, which are the luckiest ones.