It is a trend that is ever growing – harassing the “famous” through online social media and other online avenues. It’s nothing new to see an actor or singer getting flung with abuse on social media – it is the times we live in.
Game developers have not escaped abuse, and reports are growing of abuse stories.
Gamasutra report that The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has now put out a statement pledging to offer “abused” developers support.
“Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the subject of harassment and ‘doxxing’ attacks, including threats and posting of home addresses,” a statement read.
“While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many countries. We call on the entire game community to stand together against this abhorrent behaviour.”
IGDA executive director Kate Edwards says the organization is working with IGDA members to “provide developers with a specific means to seek support and counselling in the event of harassment or other issues.”
“We are in the process of developing content that will help developers respond to this issue for the Resource Centre on the IGDA website,” she said.
While being hostile towards developers is not tolerable at all, the flip-side of the coin is that when you pay good money for a game, and it’s broken, it’s understandable that you’d be upset.