The International Game Developers Association, This helps coordinate developer conferences and supports stakeholders in the gaming industry. released a statement on Tuesday on recent allegations of sexual harassment in the gaming industry.
Game companies, from developers to streaming services, have been the subject of numerous allegations of sexual harassment in the past few weeks. According to Bloomberg, several Ubisoft employees, including the Brand Marketing Manager and the Deputy Director of Public Relations, were given leave on charges of misconduct.
Twitch has faced a number of allegations on behalf of users that sexually harass female streamers and users online. The platform has since expressed its intention to suspend those who violate their sexual misconduct guidelines. Still, women are skeptical and female streamers have given a lukewarm answer.
"It is heartbreaking to see how many people in our industry have suffered from the abusers and to see how many more continue to endure their pain in silence," said the IGDA in a statement.
The IGDA provided a link Guidance for victims and witnesses of sexual harassment as reported, and conclusion by inspiring players to band together to address various issues within the industry.
Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Twitch have all responded to sexual harassment allegations, but IGDA is the first gaming industry organization to get involved. However, many companies focus on issues within their own workforce, players of their games, or users on their platforms. instead of looking at the bigger problem. The IGDA has provided resources for harassment that anyone in this area can use to report cases of sexual harassment.
Any organization that has commented publicly has expressed a desire to address these issues directly and has offered resources to victims. Still, many will pay attention to how well it keeps these promises before initiating a new era in gaming. The numerous allegations indicate that there is still a long way to go before this era is reached.