Game makers have had enough.
The internet has always been vitriolic and at the time, over 1,800 developers have signalled that they have had enough. In an open letter they have called for an end to “hateful, harassing speech”.
Games are a serious business but some people take them far too seriously indeed. There’s no need for hateful comments or threats and while they’ll always persists, we can all do our part to at least try and make talking about games online civil.
The full text of the open letter, which has been signed by Cliffy B. along with a host of key developers at major studios around the world, reads:
“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. 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.