IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

September 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The FBI is working with the IGDA and "bullying experts" to help game developers cope with and fight against online bullying, harassment and threats. According to Polygon, the IGDA began talking to the federal law enforcement agency during Comic-Con in San Diego back in July.

While details on how the meeting came about are up for debate, IGDA's executive director Kate Edwards said that the FBI met with her to discuss the harassment of developers online. This meeting was prior to all the insanity related to Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn and Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian that is still ongoing on social media.

"I had a meeting with the FBI in July regarding harassment," Edwards tells Polygon. "They noted a rise in activity. They themselves monitor this activity, but they're focused more on cybercrime issues like hacking and very malicious harassment."

A spokeswoman with the San Diego office of the FBI confirmed the meeting with Polygon and described it as a "proactive." FBI spokeswoman Emily Yeh said that online harassment and threats are in the FBI's wheelhouse and that victims should not hesitate to contact their local FBI office or law enforcement when such events occur.

The IGDA says that it plans on creating some sort of online resource on its official site in the coming months to offer advice to developers on what they can do to minimize harassment and what steps to take when it happens.

Source: Polygon


Comments

Re: IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

@Tylerthecreator has said it the best about online bullying.

Re: IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

The only thing I found from someone calling themselves Tyler The Creator on the subject was

"Hahahahahahahaha How The $#@! Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha"

Re: IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

Well, what did he say?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

Its okay for Stanley Woo and other Bioware staff members to verbally attack users but don't you dare call them out on it or decide return the favor! The nerve of these people!  

I've noticed the majority of these developers complaining are either from failed titles like WarZ and from developers who are owned by a publishing company which changes the mentality of the developer. 

It's almost like a cab driver becoming a bus driver. One gets paid hourly and get paid no matter how late they are and no matter how many people they pick up. As for a Cab driver he has to drive as fast as possible to get to the next customer and hustle to get customers.

At this point famous developers getting bought out by publishers were once loved by the public at large but as soon as they were bought out the focus became not about the customer but rather to make "art." If most of these developers or studios had the attitude they had when they first started making games they would have never become big nor popular. 

Re: IGDA Working With FBI to Combat Developer Harassment

"Its okay for Stanley Woo and other Bioware staff members to verbally attack users but don't you dare call them out on it or decide return the favor! The nerve of these people!"

There is a difference there I don't think you are appreciating. To be fair to Stanley Woo, certain people were using racist stereotypes like "ding dong bannu" and "End of rine" to troll him, and creating names like “Stanley Gook” etc.  In any case a single verbal assault etc is not harassment. 

http://borderhouseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Stanley-Woo-Trolli...

 

"I've noticed the majority of these developers complaining are either from failed titles like WarZ and from developers who are owned by a publishing company which changes the mentality of the developer."

Since you brought up Stanley Woo, I'd point out the take on Jennifer Hepler who was attacked for daring to say she didn't like playing games. 

 

Also this is not developer only thing, anyone who is being harassed can call the cops, whether they work in the game industry or not.

Besides who cares, that's a lot of effort just cause you don't happen to like what someone said or did. I don't necessarily agree with Anita Sarkeesian's conclusions but I just don't watch the videos. If don't like a publisher (say EA) or a developer I just don't buy their stuff.

"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

 
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