In the latest explosion of online harassment, game developer and cyborg Zoe Quinn has been accused by sections of the internet of having used her personal relationships to further her career. Whether the allegations are baseless or not, people have taken it upon themselves to hack her accounts and threaten her and her family.
The harassment has also spread to affect people who voiced their outrage at the invasion of privacy – like Phil Fish, creator of Fez. His personal information, including passwords to bank accounts and email ids have been disclosed.
Members of the gaming community have decided to fight back with a campaign of positivity and support in the form of the #welovegamedevs Twitter tag. As we have seen in the past, harassment of developers happens across-the-board, whether they work for small indies or huge gaming giants. The movement aims at appreciating and encouraging developers, and at urges them to stick with it and not give up.
It is yet to be seen whether this will be enough to suppress the current surge of vitriol that seems to flood every other discussion about the game industry, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.