The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) revealed that it plans to start a number of support groups for developers who have found themselves on the business end of harassment and threats of violence by angry gamers on a regular basis. The news was revealed as part of Polygon's report on online harassment and threats that are frequently leveled against game developers.
IGDA director Kate Edwards told Polygon in the report that the organization dedicated to developers plans to set up groups for developers who are the victims of death threats, threats of sexual violence, or generally repulsive comments from the community.
Edwards says that, while harassment isn't having a huge impact on the video game industry yet, "we're at the cusp of where it could… Harassment silences and repositions content creators in ways that protect the interests of certain fan groups, which again is no justification for the kinds of abusive behavior and language seen online today."
"We're getting to a point where we're thinking, 'Yeah, it's becoming something we're going to need to talk about.' It might be time to consider doing a more explicit support group or mechanism to help people who are dealing with this sort of thing," she added.