At least three gaming developers, game developers, and social media execs are calling for an end to the #Gamergate movement that they say has left their industry feeling marginalized, left out and isolated.
The sentiment comes as the gaming community’s core supporters are rallying around new #NotYourShield campaign, and they are urging industry leaders to come out against #Gamergaters, who they say are “deceiving” the gaming industry, its fans, and its advertisers.
The pushback against #Notyourshield comes at a time when #GamerGaters are attempting to turn #GamerCon into a rally against the industry.
But there are still concerns among some gaming companies that #Not your shield is the best thing to do, as #NotGaters claim they are targeting women, people of color and LGBT people.
The three developers spoke with Business Insider in an exclusive interview on Thursday, including two of the game industry’s most prominent game developers.
Here’s what they had to say.
Dmitry Kiselyov, Game Director at Epic Games: I’m sure many of you are aware that I’m an ardent #NotMyShield supporter.
I’m one of those who feels that the movement is hurting our industry, and I think that if it’s the only thing we’ve heard about the movement, then that’s the best solution.
I think the only solution is to not be associated with the movement at all.
I’ve been talking to a lot of people, and it feels like there’s been a lot written about it.
There are a lot more people that are talking about it than there are that are actually using it.
So, the more that people are getting involved, the less likely it is that it’s going to spread.
It’s not going to go away.
The more people talk about it, the easier it is for #GamerGhazi to come up with new tactics.
I don’t think theres a way that the #Not Your Shield campaign can be effective.
It won’t help the industry, it’s not sustainable, and in fact, it has been proven to be detrimental to the gaming culture.
I dont think it will really change the culture, it’ll just make things worse.
It will just make the games industry more like, I dunno, Disney movies, and that’s where I think it’s heading.
There’s no doubt that #GamerGuerrilla is a great thing for the industry and for gamers.
But we know that it has had a negative impact on the gaming scene, and some of the people who are running it have had a history of doing this, like Zoe Quinn, and others.
That’s where the real danger comes from.
I think we need to do everything that we can to try and support the gaming world and the people that we work with, but at the same time, we have to try to get back to the business of creating new games.
There’s so many people out there, it will take a lot to change people’s minds about it or people’s hearts.
I hope that some of those people that do join the #GG movement will come out and start to listen to us, to listen more, and actually actually see that were really making games.
There have been some reports that some #Gamer gaters are trying to hijack the #GDC conference, which is actually being held on Friday in Denver.
There have been reports that #GGers have tried to hijak some panels, like the game dev panel at the show, and even some of that is true, but it does seem like it might not be as well organized as it should be.
Is that something you would agree with?
I don’t want to see it hijacked.
Theres been a movement for a long time, and there is always going to be people that want to hijab or try to do things.
And I think #GG has done a good job of trying to stay away from it.
But I think some of it could be problematic.
I mean, I think we should always be cautious about any of that.
But what I do know is that there is definitely a lot out there about people wanting to take over panels and things like that.
Ive talked to a couple of people in the industry who have been saying, “You know, if this whole thing were to become too big, we could lose our job, weve got no money.
We cant pay the rent, we cant pay our bills.”
It’s all very serious stuff.
But, yeah, it could happen.
I wouldnt want to be one of them.
It might not work.
I am very confident in our industry.
Weve done great things with our players.
We’ve done some incredible things with games.
But if we start to lose our jobs and lose our resources, then weve really got to find a way to