More than this many.
By Liam Gilroy on September 3, 2014 at 8:01 am
The past few weeks have been an absolute quagmire of rage and hostility in the gaming community, and while some stood up for decency, there has also been a lot of silence on the matter.
Thanks to an effort started by Andreas Zecher of Spaces of Play however, some of the biggest names in gaming have endorsed an open letter opposing “hateful, harassing speech”, and supporting the rights of everyone – regardless their gender, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexual orientation – to be a part of the gaming community. Which I think, regardless of anything else, we can all agree is the way to a healthy and happy environment.
The letter has been signed by developers like Harvey Smith, Clint Hocking, Tim Schafer, Cliff Bleszinski and Neil Druckmann and other people from major companies like EA, Blizzard, Sony, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Bioware and Nintendo. And that’s not even mentioning the scores of indie developers, games journalists and critics, and gamers from across the globe.
We believe that everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability 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.
The letter reached 2490 names in length before Zecher cut it off, oddly just shy of 2500. If you’d like to see the letter in full and the complete list of people who signed it, you can do so >right here. Obviously nobody is expecting an open letter and a list of names to change everything overnight, but it’s great to see people coming out in support of equality and a positive community.