Several prominent members of the gaming community have come together to organise a new text-based hotline aimed at providing emotional support to the industry, especially those that feel isolated by abuse and harassment.
The Games and Online Harassment Hotline, which was announced earlier today during a Games for Change panel and launches on August 3, traces its roots back to 2019 and the spread of the #MeToo movement to gaming. As with most industries, sexism has long permeated through the halls of gaming conventions and development studios, leaving many victims afraid to speak out against their more powerful abusers. The explosion of credible accusations proves that something substantial needs to be done to correct these issues and make the industry more hospitable for folks who aren’t straight white cis dudes.
“One factor that has enabled abusers to get away with such behaviour is that for far too long, the targets of their abuse have often felt isolated, as if they had nowhere to turn,” the hotline’s website reads. “We started the Games and Online Harassment Hotline to ensure that anyone who experiences such abuse can reach out to us to get whatever support they might need, whether it’s just someone to talk to about what they’re going through or referrals to other resources to help them protect themselves or take legal action.”