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Thousands of game devs take a stand against harassment and hate with open letter

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Posted on September 2, 2014 AT 01:55pm

In the wake of very public instances of hate speech, violent threats, and generally monstrous behavior by gamers the past few weeks, 2,490 game developers rallied behind a letter penned by State of Play’s Andreas Zecher condemning such conduct.

Developers from the likes of Ubisoft, Epic Games, Respawn Entertainment, Mojang, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, and more—from household names to indie studios—all signed Zecher’s open letter to the gaming community condemning hateful language and threats of violence.

“We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or disability has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened,” reads the letter. “It is the diversity of our community that allows games to flourish.

“If you see threats of violence or harm in comments on Steam, youTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, or reddit, please take a minute to report them on the respective sites.

“If you see hateful, harassing speech, take a public stand against it and make the gaming community a more enjoyable space to be in.”

The full list of developers who signed the letter is available on its posting at Medium.com.

The letter follows a particularly detestable wave of abuse suffered by Anita Sarkeesian’s latest episode of Tropes vs. Women in Games, in which she explored the objectification of female characters in games as pieces of “background decoration.” This in turn caused a wash of insecure males on the Internet to torment and harassment Sarkeesian tot he point of feeling threatened and unsafe in her on home. Good job, Internet.

Source: Polygon

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