More than 2,000 Developers Sign Letter Calling for the End of Intolerance, Hate Speech - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 02 September 2014 / 6,477 Views
More than 2,000 developers from dozens of studios have signed an open letter to the gaming community asking for the end of intolerance seen on social media sites, YouTube and Twitch. The letter asks if anyone sees any threats to report them on the respective website.
"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 developers who have signed the open letter work for Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Electronic Arts, BioWare, Riot Games, Ubisoft, Blizzard, 2K, Apple, Epic, and dozens of others.
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