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Allegations of assault and drink spiking floor after GDC 2023

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A number of individuals have been reportedly harassed, assaulted, or drugged through the Recreation Builders Convention, prompting a large dialogue about such conduct at gaming occasions within the wake of Me-Too revelations in recent times.

Man Blomberg, the founding father of Video games Trade Gathering, stated in a tweet he had been knowledgeable of a number of individuals who had their drinks spiked with “roofies,” also called the date rape drug, or Rohypnol, throughout an after-hours karaoke occasion final week throughout GDC. The occasion, co-hosted by Blomberg, came about on Thursday night on the Pandora membership in San Francisco.

And in an update, Blomberg famous that reviews have are available about a number of spiking incidents at a number of events throughout GDC. And co-organizer of the karaoke occasion Ty Taylor said he was trying to get footage from the membership to get safety digicam footage of the occasion. He confirmed the occasion had no official affiliation with the GDC, the Video games Trade Gathering, or another sponsors or skilled organizations.

The GDC stated in an announcement that the alleged incidents occurred offsite throughout varied occasions in San Francisco.


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“We’re very upset to listen to that some individuals, particularly ladies, reported regarding experiences through the GDC week at off-site occasions, together with assault and drink spiking,” the GDC stated in an announcement. “That is outrageous and unacceptable; everybody has a proper to really feel protected. We severely condemn any such conduct and help the victims; we encourage reporting to the police and hope the perpetrators will likely be discovered.”

The GDC added, “On the GDC occasion, we take everybody’s security very critically, we do our greatest to supply a safe atmosphere on web site, we implement a strict code of conduct and guarantee that the GDC workforce is accessible to assist individuals contact venue safety or native legislation enforcement, to supply escorts, or to in any other case help these experiencing unacceptable conduct to really feel protected throughout the convention.”

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I’ve seen a number of threads the place GDC attendees expressed horror and outrage on the incidents and mentioned methods to handle the issue going ahead. Many urged individuals to supply any info of incidents that they witnessed.

The Video games and On-line Harassment Hotline additionally posted extra info in a tweet about tips on how to get assist through a textual content message.

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