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Games industry harassment hotline opens next month

Games industry harassment hotline opens next month

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline is being rolled out next month.

As revealed earlier today by Games for Change – and reported by Kotaku – this initiative will provide support to those who have faced harassment working in the games industry. It will open on August 3rd. 

It follows the wave of accusations of abuse and harassment levelled at workers in the sector at the end of 2019. There has been a subsequent tide of allegations in recent months, too.

The Games and Online Harassment Hotline is staffed by executive director Anita Sarkeesian, director Christopher Vu Gandin Le and co-ordinator Jae Lin.

“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 Games and Online Harassment Hotline's website said.

“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.”

You can find The Games and Online Harassment Hotline here.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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