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IGDA issues statement condemning harassment

The International Game Developers Association responds to events where developers and other industry members have been "the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks."

Christian Nutt

August 28, 2014

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The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has released a short statement from its board of directors condemning online harassment and "doxxing" incidents in the game industry. The statement reads, in full:

"Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks, including threats and posting of home addresses. While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many countries. We call on the entire game community to stand together against this abhorrent behavior."

Though it is unspecific, the statement is clearly a response to incidents involving noted game critic Anita Sarkeesian (Tropes vs. Women series) who was driven from her home by threats made on Twitter, and developers Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest) and Phil Fish (Polytron Corporation - Fez) whose personal accounts were hacked and private details made public. The association has not delineated any plans it has to assist in combating this behavior or any support it is offering to affected developers. Gamasutra has reached out to the IGDA for more on its stance and plans, and will update this story with any response. And remember: if you think your accounts are in danger, take action.

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