IGDA issues statement on the #metoo sexual harrasment social media revelations

IGDA issues statement on the #metoo sexual harrasment social media revelations
Sean Cleaver

By Sean Cleaver

October 20th 2017 at 12:23PM

The International Game Developers Association addresses the concerns and stories raised by social media throught out the games industry

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has posted a statement on its website about the #metoo hashtag and the rise of instances of sexual harassment in the games industry. The games industry has come under scrutiny in the wake of the film industry's allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.

The hashtag has enabled people, both women and male, to recount their own experiences in relation to sexual harassment. During last weekend, a former Naughty Dog employee made allegations about sexual harrassment and many in the games industry have used the hashtag since.

IGDA has released a statement about the issue, saying, "The prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in our community is deeply disturbing, and demands action from every game developer to ensure the safety and support of all of our colleagues and community members. We all must do a better job of welcoming, and protecting, all game developers so that our community, craft, and industry can thrive.

"All developers play a part in supporting an industry where we can create wonderful things; we cannot succeed, as individuals, artists, or companies, if our industry tolerates harassment. We encourage game developers around the world to join the IGDA in adopting a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment and violence, in committing to swift and fair response and resolution to any complaints, in protecting the safety of anyone who has been the victim of harassment, and in supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace and community."

IGDA changed their own code of ethics in 2013. Brenda Romero resigned from its board after inappropriately dressed dancers were used at its GDC party that year. Earlier this year, Jen Maclean joined as the interim executive director.