Over 1300 developers put their names to a growing list of signatories
An open letter posted on Monday by Andreas Zecher of indie studio Spaces of Play calls for the gaming community to take a stand against ‘hateful, harassing’ comments online. HItting a nerve the letter has already gained considerable traction with over 1300 games developers signing in agreement.
The signatures come from independents and big names alike with figures from within Ubisoft, EA, Microsoft, Sony, Insomniac, DICE, Infinity Ward , Crystal Dynamics and Telltale making the list as well as names from Twitch and a number of educational institutions.
"We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened," states the letter.
"It is the diversity of our community that allows games to flourish. If you see threats of violence or harm in comments on Steam, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook or reddit, please take a minute to report them on the respective sites.
"If you see hateful, harassing speech, take a public stand against it and make the gaming community a more enjoyable space to be in. Thank you".
The letter follows the news last week that gaming commentator Anita Sarkeesian was forced to leave her home following malicious threats against her family. Sarkeesian’s video essays ‘Tropes vs Women’ analyse the inequity of female representation in video games.
While a vocal, and often offensive minority of gamers speak out against Sarkeesian’s work, she has received praise from some eminent figures from within the gaming industry, among them The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann and Monkey Island co-designer Tim Schafer.