Bungie has reduced communication with players over harassment

Bungie has reduced communication with players over harassment

Destiny maker Bungie has said that it will be reducing its communications with the community following harassment the studio has faced.

That's according to senior community manager Dylan "dmg04" Gafner,  who replied to a post on Reddit that it was lowering the amount it speaks to its fanbase in the wake of threats to staff at the developer.

"The harassment we've spoken to isn't just rude replies on Twitter or vague comments," Gafner wrote. "There have been real threats towards our people and our studio. We're taking them seriously, which is leading to an amount of reduced communications as the team plans future protections / strategies to help avoid these sorts of things."

Gafner added that he was right now taking time off work due to harassment he and his family have received, something that he announced on Twitter back on June 28th.

Continuing, Gafner explained that the decision to speak less to the community was not intended as a "punishment" to players who engage with Bungie and leave feedback in a "clear and respectful" way.

"There are no instances at Bungie where people actively look at a conversation and plan retaliatory actions towards our playerbase via hotfixes, updates, or comms strategies," he said.

"Sometimes, we just need to take some time to get things straightened out. Can take weeks, can take months - just like any given development pipeline, as we want what's best for our players AND our employees. That said, we can't just move about ‘business as usual’ until things are resolved. It sucks, but we want to be sure that folks are safe and taken care of."

Bungie was acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier this month.

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