Quinn urges industry to speak up and condemn Gamergate misogyny

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Quinn urges industry to speak up and condemn Gamergate misogyny

The industry has a responsibility to do more to protect those who are being harassed by the ongoing GamerGate hate campaign.

That's according to Zoe Quinn, who has told the BBC that it is unfair that the responsibility of tackling such behaviour has remained the burden of individuals whom the wider industry has refused to publicly support.

"The fact that so much of the responsibility is offloaded to the people most harmed by it when somebody who is in a much safer position than I am can stand up and condemn it is frustrating,” she said.

"When people that are prominent in the industry can stand up and say 'I'm part of games, I love games, this hate mob doesn't speak for me, this is not welcome in games', it has the two-fold effect of making it less damaging to those that this can hurt, and it does something repair this horrible misrepresentation of this medium that so many of us love.

"Condemning them and say they do no speak for games – it's so fundamental, otherwise this is going to keep happening."

Quinn also echoed sentiments shared by Anita Sarkeesian on US TV last night that the claim that GamerGate is concerned with ethics in games journalism is a weak faade masking its true misogynistic agenda.

All of the ethics concerns that they've raised are incredibly directed at the people with the least power in the industry,” she added. Nobody is talking about the relationships between major publishers and the press. Any of the real concerns that people should have about the ethics in games journalism have been completely ignored.”

MCV earlier this month attempted to get the UK offices of 12 publishers to issue an official statement on GamerGate. Ten declined and two refused to even acknowledge the request.

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