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FBI working with games devs to fight online harassment

Thursday, 4th September 2014 17:04 GMT By Matt Martin

The FBI is working with the International Game Developers Association in the US to help combat online harassment.

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According to a report by Polygon, the IGDA is creating a resource on its site to help developers cope with harassment and abuse.

Executive director of the IGDA, Kate Edwards, has been working with the FBI since meeting at the San Diego Comic Con in July.

“I had a meeting with the FBI in July regarding harassment,” Edwards said. “They noted a rise in activity.

“They themselves monitor this activity, but they’re focused more on cybercrime issues like hacking and very malicious harassment.”

“We wanted to let Ms. Edwards know the FBI’s capability,” said Emily Yeh, a spokesperson for the FBI.

This week the games development community stood up against hateful behaviour online, with reps from companies such as Ubisoft, Splash Damage, DICE, Telltale, Microsoft, Rockstar and more rallying behind an open letter.

Last month a plane carrying SOE’s president John Smedley was diverted after fake bomb threats and critic Anita Sarkeesian was driven from her home after releasing her latest video.

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