Call to Action: Safe & Inclusive Networking Events5 Apr 2023
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is deeply troubled by the reports of misconduct at industry events and gatherings held during the Game Developers Conference last week. We condemn this inappropriate behavior and express our solidarity with those who were victims, and those who now feel less safe in these spaces.
No one’s personal safety should be threatened at an industry-related event. These events provide opportunities for professionals within the game industry to make important connections with their peers and expand their network. Thus, it is paramount we ensure every event catering to game industry members provides a safe environment, free from harassment and harm. We will be working with other leaders within the game industry in the coming weeks to discuss how we can better guide our industry to host effective, fun events that are safe, welcoming, and support developers from all backgrounds.
We call on all members of the industry, especially those in positions of power, to acknowledge and address these issues and take effective action to make our spaces more safe and secure for all developers. We must work to create a culture of respect grounded in equity and inclusion. This means actively listening to individuals and groups who have been impacted, and holding individuals and organizations accountable for their actions.
We encourage all event organizers to maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of harassment and violence.
Below is a list of support resources and conduct policy examples.
- Games and Online Harassment Hotline
- Safety Practices for Alcohol at Events
- Event Safety Training for Event Coordinators
- Precautions for Alcohol-based Events
- The National Suicide Hotline: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online or at 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Available 24/7
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