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Gaming News:The FBI and the IGDA Have Teamed Up to Curb Online Harassment

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According to Polygon, the FBI approached the International Game Developer Association back in July in response to what they perceived as an increase in digital abuse directed toward developers in the video game industry.

 

The IGDA is currently underway creating a mental health special interest group that would deal with issues surrounding online harassment. The group is also working with the FBI to set up online resources to help developers on the receiving end of digital threats.

 

The FBI initially met with the IGDA because they wanted to discuss the security of developers, their companies, and intellectual property. 

Last week, the IGDA board of directors issued a statement addressing the recent wave of harassment that has swept the industry:

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.

This statement comes on the heels of serious threats made against several game developers that either motivated them to leave the industry or flee their homes and a bomb threat against the president of Sony Online Entertainment's flight. 

 

The industry and gaming community seem to have gone insane the last couple weeks. Hopefully things will eventually settle down when people learn that they can disagree while remaining civil.


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