IGDA Internal Harassment Investigation Process16 Sep 2021
It has come to our attention that there has been public concern about the IGDA’s internal investigation process. The IGDA investigates all complaints in compliance with our IGDA Policy for Responding to Harassment Complaints.
Part of this process requires anonymity to protect both the person who issued the complaint and the accused, but given the public nature of these allegations, we will confirm a complaint was received and a formal investigation was launched. After thorough investigation, the submitter of the complaint was informed there was not compelling evidence of wrongdoing. They were also invited to submit additional materials in the future to have the investigation reopened.
While details about investigations are never shared outside of the Ethics Committee unless the Committee determines there has been a violation of the IGDA Code of Ethics or Code of Conduction, the findings of the Ethics Committee in this situation were unanimous.
The IGDA has a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of harassment and violence. We will not stand for harassment from any IGDA Board or staff member, volunteer leader, or at any IGDA-affiliated event. Still, we must abide by an anonymous investigation process and determine disciplinary action based on evidence.
Any IGDA investigation can and will be reopened when additional requests are received. We ask that you send us any concerns, information, statements, or other materials to assist us with our investigation process to ensure the accurate resolution can take place.
If you ever experience any harassment from an IGDA leader or at an IGDA event, please contact us. We also have harassment resources available to assist anyone. It is our mission to support and empower all game developers around the world in achieving a fulfilling and sustainable career. We can only properly pursue this mission if our own communities are positive, inclusive, and harassment-free.
If you have questions about this investigation process or recommendations for improvements, please let us know.
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