Pictured above is Kate Edwards, Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association. This is Edwards' statement on the matter of Allison Rapp's dismissal from Nintendo (which Kotaku did a fine write-up on and we covered perhaps too passionately in last week's podcast).
"While Nintendo’s official statement on the matter of Alison Rapp’s firing strives to distance the company from anything related to the orchestrated online campaign of harassment and defamation that was raging against her, their timing in dealing with the issue is dubious at best. Unfortunately, the company seems oblivious to the consequences of their actions, not realizing the perceived victory it handed to the online hate groups who are now pursuing the dismissal of other women game developers by derision and defamation to their companies. By now, we would expect that all game development and publishing companies would be fully aware of negative social media dynamics and be more discerning of online feedback, as well as more protective of their employees — especially their employees of diverse backgrounds. Many have become proactive and aware but this industry obviously needs to make more progress."The statement popped up today on VentureBeat, which notes that the IGDA has over 8,000 members worldwide - accounting for a very, very large number of active developers.
Here's hopin' Nintendo actually listens - but given that the International Game Developers Association aren't a bawling orgy of knuckle-dragging psychotic morons, they'll probably just ignore them.