Former Bandai Namco employee sues over discrimination, wrongful termination

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A former Bandai Namco employee is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination, according to this My News LA report (by way of Kotaku).  Tony Le, a Vietnamese-American is suing the American arm of the company, the parent company ad several of his old bosses in a lawsuit filed in California.

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Homophobic game gets pulled from Steam Greenlight, developer issues statement

May 5, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on a game called "Kill the Faggot," which appeared on Steam Greenlight. Shortly after our story was published Valve pulled the game from Greenlight. Developed by Randall Herman, Skaldic Games' sole developer and owner, the game urged players to "Murder gays and transgenders, while avoiding killing straight people," with the end goal being getting "as many points before time runs out."

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Gen Con organizers call RFRA amendment a good 'first step'

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of Gen Con mailed out a statement to all past Gen Con attendees on their mailing list to talk about the passage of the amendment to Indiana's - The letter, posted online by Polygon, celebrates the passage of the amendment, explains why it will be impossible for anyone visiting Indianapolis to attend Gen Con later this year to be discriminated against, and what further steps the state needs to take to provide stronger protections for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina blasts Apple CEO Tim Cook for 'hypocritical' RFRA stance

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and potential Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race Carly Fiorina took a shot at Apple CEO Tim Cook for his opposition to Indiana's religious freedom law. Cook recently penned an editorial in the Washington Post blasting Indiana lawmakers for passing the bill - though we do not know how Cook feels about it after it was amended with stronger language protecting LGBTQ+ individuals yesterday.

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RFRA amendment ignores the elephant in Indiana

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An article in the South Bend Voice points out something pretty obvious: the amendment to Indiana's religious freedom bill doesn't fix the problem of discrimination against gays and lesbians in the state.

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Indiana lawmakers craft 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' amendment to protect LGBTQ+ community

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indiana lawmakers have taken steps to protect individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ with a new amendment to the state’s controversial religious freedom law, The Hill reports.

“What was intended as a message of inclusion of all religious beliefs was interpreted as a message of exclusion, especially for the LGBT community,” Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) said at a press today.

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Indianapolis Mayor pushes back on 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) signed an executive order on Monday that reminds companies doing business within the city limits that they must abide by the human rights ordinance, which bars discrimination based on a variety of criteria including sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Ballard announced the executive order on Monday, according to Huffington Post, and expressed his strong disapproval of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defends SB 101 on Sunday talk shows

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While hitting the Sunday talk show circuit Indiana governor Mike Pence defended SB 101, Indiana's "Religious Freedom Act." Speaking on ABC's This Week political program, Pence said that there is a general misunderstanding of the law and that he has no plans to change it. He also said that his state has been "under an avalanche of intolerance" from "people who preach tolerance every day."

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Apple CEO pens editorial strongly opposing Indiana's SB 101

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Apple CEO Tim Cook has penned an impassioned editorial in the Washington Post expressing his and his company's strong opposition to SB 101 and the multitude of similar bills being proposed in other states.

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Gen Con issues letter to the community on SB 101, event stuck in Indianapolis until after 2020

March 27, 2015 - James Fudge

Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.

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Gen Con organizers urge Indiana governor to rescind support for SB 101

March 25, 2015 - James Fudge

The organizers of Gen Con have sent a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence asking him to rescind his support of SB 101, a state bill that limits the state and local government from interfering in a business or individuals "exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means." In other words, people can refuse service to individuals who

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'Suspicious Male In Possession of Flight Simulator Game' Case Moves Forward

February 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A lawsuit that revolves around the words, "suspicious male in possession of flight simulator game" has been given the greenlight by a federal judge in San Francisco. The lawsuit has to do with the National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI), which encourages local law enforcement agencies to provide informational reports to the federal government on individuals who are engaged "in suspicious behavior" - flags that an individual may be someone to watch - as part of some terrorism plot or related organizing activity. The case, Gill et al. v.

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Former Snail Games Employee Sues Company for 'Race Discrimination'

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

David Runyan, the former Director of Game Operations for the U.S. division of Chinese MMO company Snail Games, is suing the company for "race discrimination. According to Runyan's lawsuit, Snail Games CEO Shi Hai treated his "white American" employees differently than his Chinese American and Chinese employees, and often questioned his white employees' motives.

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Anita Sarkeesian: 'Hateful Abuse' Often Comes From People Who Think They Are 'Noble'

September 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking recently at the XOXO Festival in Portland over the weekend, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the abuse and threats she has received in recent weeks. Sarkeesian said in her speech at the event (as detailed by the Verge) that many of the people that lob hate and threats at her and others online for their work do so because they believe they are being "noble."

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Court Approves Postal Commission Remedy in GameFly Case

April 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has approved the Postal Commission's plan to end DVD-mailer discrimination and Netflix's favored status at the U.S. Postal Service. The decision was the result of a complaint by GameFly. The U.S. Postal Service will now equalize the postage for DVD flats and letters.

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Apple Urges Arizona Governor to Veto SB1062

February 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Putting aside the fact that the Arizona law that would allow businesses to refuse services to gays and lesbians is likely unconstitutional, critics are saying that it will also hurt the state's ability to engage in commerce across state lines, damage local businesses who do not want to refuse service to anyone and will be lumped in with those who do, and may cause companies who want to bring jobs to the state to find somewhere else to go (either they are publicly opposed to the bill or do not want to be associated with the state or its controversial legislation).

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GDC Advocacy Track Adds Four Talks Relating to Gender Equality and Workplace Discrimination

February 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of the Game Developers Conference have announced four new talks that have been added to the Advocacy track that deal with diversity, gender workplace discrimination and more.

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PAX Events to Feature 'Diversity Lounges' in 2014

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

2013 was a challenging year for the organizers of the Penny Arcade Expo, mostly due to comments made by its founders that offended many in the community. To try and bring some goodwill back to those injured parties, PAX organizers plan on creating a special area at its events that promote "diversity."

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Gaming in Color Documentary Kickstarter Launches

March 7, 2013 -

A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise $125,000 to create a documentary about the "queer side of gaming," or the LGBTQ presence in the game industry and in the gaming community. The documentary is called "Gaming In Color: Queers and Gaymers of the Pixelated World" and hopes to expose the masses to another side of gaming culture - a side that is often hidden among the dudebros and gamer gurls of the community.

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First Tropes vs. Women Video Released

March 7, 2013 -

The very first Tropes vs. Women video is alive and kicking and ready for your perusal. The video series by Anita Sarkeesian was crowd-funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign, though some in the gaming community attempted to take Sarkeesian for being overzealous about misogyny and sexism in both the development and game-playing community.

The first video is called "Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games" and is described by Sarkeesian on the Frequency Feminism YouTube channel as:

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Gaming World Wide and Rize Up Gaming Team Up

March 4, 2013 -

Gaming World Wide has teamed up with Rize Up Gaming to bring their charity efforts to a community that believes in creating a positive social atmosphere for gamers of all stripes.

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EA, Microsoft, and Zynga Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

February 27, 2013 -

GameSpot is reporting that three game companies have signed onto an amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act. The law is being challenged by groups that want the court to strike down the law that defined marriage as being between "a man and a woman."

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EA's Gabrielle Toledano: Blaming Sexism for a Lack of Women in the Games Industry is a Copout

January 21, 2013 -

In a recent article in Forbes (as reported by Gamasutra) Electronic Arts executive vice president and chief talent officer Gabrielle Toledano said that blaming sexism for a lack of women in the video game industry is a copout and unreasonable.

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U.S. Postal Service Gets Dinged in GameFly Case by Appeals Court

January 11, 2013 -

It looks like the U.S. Postal Service will have to rethink how it handles GameFly's mailers in the future. The Verge reports that the game rental service has won its appeal on a lower court ruling, forcing the USPS to rethink how it will deal with GameFly's mailers in the not-too-distant future.

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Twitter Hashtag Highlights Sexism in Games Industry

November 27, 2012 -

Kotaku has a short article chronicling the Twitter hashtag #1reasonwhy, which has served as a rallying point over the last 24 hours or so on what women in both the video games industry and their female counterparts in games journalism have to put up with and why there are not as many women in both fields.

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Kixeye Fires Four Employees after Complaints of 'Institutional Racism'

October 4, 2012 -

Following up on yesterday's accusation by an employee that social game developer Kixeye engaged in "institutional racism," four employees have been fired today. The accusations were made by an unnamed contractor who wrote a blog post under the name of Qu33riousity. He claimed yesterday that he was the victim of racial discrimination and has also seen it directed at others.

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Craig R.Too many gamers were harassing and abusing long before Baldwin decided to 'legitimize' the lunatic fringe, but that term certainly made the lunatics easier to pick out of the crowd07/31/2015 - 4:58pm
Craig R.Which is why the entire GG crowd looks like a giant bad egg07/31/2015 - 4:55pm
Craig R.Irony: the people who are feeling hostility toward their 'gamer' identity are often those who are most hostile to everybody else07/31/2015 - 4:55pm
Andrew EisenIt's not about gamers at all, it's discussing the harassment and abuse that Sarkeesian and Quinn had suffered. So yeah, not a great title but not an attack on gamers either.07/31/2015 - 4:48pm
Andrew EisenI agree than many of the titles are kinda bunk though. For example, Ars Technia's "The death of the 'gamers' and the women who 'killed' them" doesn't really work for the article.07/31/2015 - 4:47pm
Andrew EisenAnd I still don't see how articles like Polygon's "An awful week to care about video games" can be construed as an attack.07/31/2015 - 4:25pm
Andrew Eisen18 total? I've seen several lists and the total has never been above 14. The most popular collection seems to be 9 on Aug. 28 then three more on Aug. 29, Sep. 2 and Sep. 3.07/31/2015 - 4:24pm
Infophile@Goth_Skunk: Your distaste for TMS is noted and given exactly the respect it deserves. The fact that you don't like a site doesn't mean they can't be right. In the linked article, they are.07/31/2015 - 4:06pm
Goth_SkunkAnd the worst volleys are the ones being fired by the kind of people who should be standing up and saying 'Hey! This isn't cool! Stop that!'07/31/2015 - 4:05pm
Goth_SkunkNow let's come full circle: One such confrontationally titled article is easy to dismiss. Within a day, nine similarly titled articles are written. Within 4 more days, nine more articles are written. This can't be ignored. This is a blatant attack.07/31/2015 - 4:04pm
Andrew EisenAnd that's totally fine. I too often skip articles and videos based solely on an unappealing title.07/31/2015 - 3:56pm
Goth_SkunkPersonally, I would not waste time reading an article with such a blatantly confrontational title.07/31/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Depends on how the article was written and what it actually said.07/31/2015 - 3:49pm
Goth_SkunkThis is like going fishing and castign a HUGE net that captures tuna, dolphins, sharks, cod, and salmon when all you really want to capture are clownfish.07/31/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenPerm - If the specific make and model are made clear, I have no problem with the article saving space by refering to them as "these cars" or whatever.07/31/2015 - 3:47pm
Goth_Skunk... Hasbro's widening horizons..." would it not make sense that some would object there is no distinction being made between a reactionary brony and a stable-minded brony?07/31/2015 - 3:47pm
Big PermCars are being recalled because they explode. Editors Note at the end: Not all cars, only this specific make and model07/31/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenI still feel it was clear that they were admonishing a particular and very specific type of gamer. It's why I had no problem with any of the articles (especially since about half of them weren't really about "gamers" anyway).07/31/2015 - 3:45pm
Goth_Skunk@Andrew: If a columnist had written a "Bronies Are Dead" article, but in the article stated: "Note: I'm not talking about every guy who watches MLP or who self-identifies as a brony, just the type of reactionary holdouts that feel so threatened by..."07/31/2015 - 3:45pm
benohawkYou would if you didn't care.07/31/2015 - 3:43pm
 

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