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Hearthstone Esports Suspends Player Following Abuse Allegations
Hearthstone Esports Suspends Player Following Abuse Allegations
Hearthstone Esports announced today that it has suspended one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, following allegations of domestic abuse.
Activision tells creators of popular Call of Duty stat-tracking website SBMM Warzone to shut it down by Monday
Activision tells creators of popular Call of Duty stat-tracking website SBMM Warzone to shut it down by Monday
Activision has ordered the creators of SBMMWarzone.com to shut the website down by Monday. The Belgium-based co-creators of SBMM Warzone said lawyers representing Activision sent a cease and desist demanding the website be shut down, citing privacy concerns. In this letter, which Eurogamer has verified, the lawyers claim SBMM Warzone violates Activision's API terms of use, infringes Activision's copyright, violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and exposes SBMM Warzone's creators to fines under GDPR.
NFTs? No f***ing thanks | Podcast
NFTs? No f***ing thanks | Podcast
Latest episode also discusses the dangers of downplaying abuse from "devoted fans"
Valorant Player Sinatraa Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Accusations
Valorant Player Sinatraa Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Accusations
Professional Valorant player Jay 'Sinatraa' Won has been suspended from the North American Valorant Champions Tour following allegations that he sexually abused a former partner.
EA taking racism more seriously | This Week in Business
EA taking racism more seriously | This Week in Business
Banning a FIFA player who hurled racist abuse via Instagram shows that EA's "platform" rightly extends beyond the confines of the game
EA bans FIFA player following racial abuse towards ex-footballer Ian Wright
EA bans FIFA player following racial abuse towards ex-footballer Ian Wright
The lifetime ban was issued after the player sent racist messages to Wright following a lost FIFA game
EA issues lifetime ban to FIFA player who racially abused Ian Wright after losing a match with Wright's virtual character
EA issues lifetime ban to FIFA player who racially abused Ian Wright after losing a match with Wright's virtual character
EA has issued a lifetime ban to a FIFA player who racially abused Ian Wright after he lost a match while playing with the Arsenal legend's in-game version. This week, Wright slammed a judge's lenient sentence for a teenager who hurled racial abuse at the Arsenal legend on social media last year. 18-year-old Patrick O'Brien lost a game of FIFA after playing with the Ian Wright icon card in the Ultimate Team mode. Read more
What a woman games journalist experiences in a week
What a woman games journalist experiences in a week
The scale of abuse that women journalists receive for doing their jobs is a major issue -- we need accountability and real consequences
Call of Duty: Warzone players have found new ways to abuse stim shots
Call of Duty: Warzone players have found new ways to abuse stim shots
There are only so many ways I can write this intro before I begin to run out of ideas.
Fighting Game Community Organizers Introduce Code of Conduct to Combat Harassment, Abuse
Fighting Game Community Organizers Introduce Code of Conduct to Combat Harassment, Abuse
The fighting game community introduced a Code of Conduct that will combat abuse and harassment in the community.
Twitch's new PogChamp rotation results in racist harassment and threats
Twitch's new PogChamp rotation results in racist harassment and threats
When Omega 'Critical Bard' Jones was selected as the day's PogChamp, he was greeted with abuse and death threats.
Twitch details overhauled guidelines for tackling harassment, sexual harassment, and hateful conduct
Twitch details overhauled guidelines for tackling harassment, sexual harassment, and hateful conduct
Twitch has unveiled its new Hateful Conduct and Harassment Policy, designed to give content creators and users a clear understanding of the types of behaviour considered unacceptable on the streaming service, and the steps the company will take when its rules are broken. "We know that many people on Twitch - particularly women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour - unfortunately continue to experience a disproportionate amount of harassment and abuse online, including on our service," the company explained in its announcement post.
Soapbox: If The Smash Community Wants To #SaveSmash, It Needs To Start From Within
Soapbox: If The Smash Community Wants To #SaveSmash, It Needs To Start From Within
The community needs to deal with the abuse scandals of 2020 first. Soapbox features enable our individual writers to voice their own opinions on hot topics, opinions that may not necessarily be the voice of the site.
World Of Warcraft is cracking down on multiboxing abuse
World Of Warcraft is cracking down on multiboxing abuse
Ah yes, a tale as old as time—or at least as old as old-school MMO players.
Mike Zaimont hired, fired from Guilty Gear project following abuse allegations
Mike Zaimont hired, fired from Guilty Gear project following abuse allegations
Arc System Works representative says Zaimont was brought on assuming he would "eventually resolve the allegations against him."
A lawyer's perspective on the industry's abuse problem
A lawyer's perspective on the industry's abuse problem
Toxic family notions, favoritism and lack of regulation all lead to abuse, says legal expert Siobhán Crawford
PlayStation 5 lets you upload voice chats to Sony and report  your awful party mates
PlayStation 5 lets you upload voice chats to Sony and report your awful party mates
PlayStation 5 will let you upload a recording of your voice chat audio to Sony for moderation - giving you an easy way to report abuse and toxic behaviour. The feature emerged after a warning message was quietly added to PlayStation 4 via yesterday's software update.
Former Splatoon Pro Arrested For Alleged Sexual Abuse
Former Splatoon Pro Arrested For Alleged Sexual Abuse
According to The Mainichi Daily News (via Tokyo Reporter), former Splatoon pro Kai “YIG” Asano (pictured) has been arrested for the alleged rape of a middle school girl.  Read more...
Ubisoft CEO Explains How the Company Is Aiming to Change to Prevent Abuse
Ubisoft CEO Explains How the Company Is Aiming to Change to Prevent Abuse
Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot detailed the results from its internal investigation into the company's culture and how it will prevent abuse going forward.
Michel Ancel denies link between departure and Ubisoft abuse scandal
Michel Ancel denies link between departure and Ubisoft abuse scandal
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot reportedly renewed his trust towards Ancel in August, despite the creative director being under investigation
Ubisoft CEO addresses abuse scandal, Elite Squad controversy
Ubisoft CEO addresses abuse scandal, Elite Squad controversy
Yves Guillemot apologizes for failing to protect victims, condemns "anyone using our game as a proxy for hate or toxicity"
Indivisible And Skullgirls Studio Lab Zero Lays Off Remaining Workforce
Indivisible And Skullgirls Studio Lab Zero Lays Off Remaining Workforce
Numerous employees have left following abuse allegations. Lab Zero Games – the studio behind Indivisible and Skullgirls – has laid off its remaining employees, it has been reported. The studio lost many of its key team members last month after a series of resignations took place following abuse allegations against owner Mike Zaimont.
Twitch Employee Accused Of Sexual Assault No Longer With Company
Twitch Employee Accused Of Sexual Assault No Longer With Company
Back in June, Hassan Bokhari, accounts director of strategic partnerships at Twitch, was accused of sexual abuse and assault by a Twitch streamer named Vio.
Developers cut ties with Lab Zero, accuse lead designer of abuse, harassment
Developers cut ties with Lab Zero, accuse lead designer of abuse, harassment
Skullgirls IP holder will work with former employees on future Skullgirls content without Mike Zaimont or Lab Zero
Multiple Lab Zero Games Employees Resign Following Studio Head's Behavior
Multiple Lab Zero Games Employees Resign Following Studio Head's Behavior
Multiple Lab Zero Games employees have resigned from the game development company following inappropriate behavior and abuse from its studio head Mike Zaimont.
Rocksteady shares employee letter defending its response to 2018 abuse allegations
Rocksteady shares employee letter defending its response to 2018 abuse allegations
The studio said the letter, signed by 7 of the signatories of a 2018 complaint, was unsolicited.
Practical tips to prevent abuse and build team trust
Practical tips to prevent abuse and build team trust
At GDC Summer, Emily Greer offers advice on how to build a respectful workplace and what to do when harassment occurs
Focus Interactive responds to
Focus Interactive responds to "serious allegations" of crunch, harassment, abuse at Aeon Must Die studio
Publisher Focus Interactive has responded to "serious allegations" relating to the alleged mistreatment of staff at Estonian studio Limestone Games during the development of visually arresting beat-'em-up Aeon Must Die - highlighted during yesterday's PlayStation State of Play. Immediately following Aeon Must Die's high-profile video showcase airing, a version of the striking announcement trailer appeared on YouTube, accompanied by a description alleging it had be created "with abuse, manipulation, theft." "People who have worked on every shot of this are no longer with the company holding IP rights," the statement continued, "Some were not even paid for their work.
State of Play's Aeon Must Die Reveal Overshadowed By Alleged Workplace Abuse
State of Play's Aeon Must Die Reveal Overshadowed By Alleged Workplace Abuse
The developers of Aeon Must Die have accused the company's CEO of workplace abuse and IP Theft.
Rumour: Warren Ellis Might Not Return To Netflix's Castlevania Beyond Series 4
Rumour: Warren Ellis Might Not Return To Netflix's Castlevania Beyond Series 4
Writer has been accused of abuse by multiple women. Netflix's Castlevania series has been something of a pleasant surprise; not only is it entertaining to watch, it also does justice to Konami's gothic gaming franchise with a mature storyline and plenty of callbacks to the original games.
Games and Online Harassment Hotline launches to
Games and Online Harassment Hotline launches to "encourage help-seeking behaviours"
New service offers free and confidential emotional support for anyone suffering or perpetrating abuse in the games industry
Anita Sarkeesian has launched an emotional support hotline for people who make and play games
Anita Sarkeesian has launched an emotional support hotline for people who make and play games
The Games And Online Harassment Hotline is a new service for anyone in the games industry to use if they want to talk to someone about abuse, burnout, depression, or other issues they might be facing.
Ubisoft VP Tommy François has left the company amid abuse allegations
Ubisoft VP Tommy François has left the company amid abuse allegations
Ubisoft placed him on administrative leave for a month, but now he's gone.
Ubisoft exec Tommy François leaves company
Ubisoft exec Tommy François leaves company
Another senior Ubisoft staff member has left the company amid its ongoing investigations into sexual harassment and abuse.
Ex-Ubisoft creative boss canned Dragon Age dev's King Arthur game
Ex-Ubisoft creative boss canned Dragon Age dev's King Arthur game
Ubisoft has been shaken by a wave of sexual abuse and harassment allegations in recent weeks, leading to the resignation of several high-profile executives and a pledge from boss Yves Guillemot to reform Ubisoft's processes and editorial board.
Ubisoft CEO dodges blame for sexual misconduct and abuse at the company
Ubisoft CEO dodges blame for sexual misconduct and abuse at the company
Yves Guillemot said other employees had 'betrayed the trust' he placed in them.
Ubisoft will tie leaders’ bonuses to their ability to create a “positive and inclusive” environment
Ubisoft will tie leaders’ bonuses to their ability to create a “positive and inclusive” environment
Following a turbulent month of abuse accusations leveled against high-level Ubisoft managers and executives, CEO Yves Guillemot has said that he plans to remain in his leadership position, but that going forward, salary bonus packages for himself and team leaders will be tied to their ability to create a "positive and inclusive environment" at the company. Current and former Ubisoft employees have over the past month shared accounts of workplace harassment at Ubisoft, which now employs about 18,000 around the globe.
French union preparing collective lawsuit against Ubisoft amid abuse allegations
French union preparing collective lawsuit against Ubisoft amid abuse allegations
Solidaires Informatique invites victims of sexism and abuse to join as it seeks to take publisher to court
New report details more of Ubisoft's alleged institutional abuse and discrimination
New report details more of Ubisoft's alleged institutional abuse and discrimination
Ubisoft’s problems seem pretty deep-seated and long-running, what with the dozens of allegations of sexual abuse and discrimination, prolific executives resigning, and the CEO vowing to make “profound” changes “at all levels of the organisation”.
Gamer Girl Developer Removes Trailer And Marketing Materials Following Online Backlash
Gamer Girl Developer Removes Trailer And Marketing Materials Following Online Backlash
"Online abuse is real and is still happening every day". Wales Interactive has pulled the announcement trailer for its upcoming FMV title Gamer Girl following a backlash online. Revealed last week, the game places you in the role of a livestream chat moderator who must guide the choices of novice female streamer Abicakes99 while tracking an unknown online predator who is stalking her. Read the full article on nintendolife.com
Wales Interactive quietly pulls announcement for FMV game about female streamer abuse
Wales Interactive quietly pulls announcement for FMV game about female streamer abuse
Publisher says Gamer Girl was designed to raise awareness of the toxicity women face online
New Online Harassment Hotline Offers Emotional Support To Game Industry
New Online Harassment Hotline Offers Emotional Support To Game Industry
Several prominent members of the gaming community have come together to organize a new text-based hotline aimed at providing emotional support to the industry, especially those that feel isolated by abuse and harassment. Read more...