IGDA under fire over botched handling of harassment controversy

A report by GamesIndustry.biz shed light on the bullying and harassment allegedly carried out by former IGDA Women in Games Special Interest Group chair Jennifer Scheurle, as well as the IGDA’s unwillingness to meaningfully censure Scheurle in a timely fashion.

A group of developers filed an initial complaint with the IGDA Foundation (the charitable wing of the organization) in 2019, alleging a “history of deception, bullying, defamation, and abuse,” in a 16-page document describing and cataloging Scheurle’s behavior. This complaint was ultimately dismissed by the IGDA Foundation, but not before a friend and supporter of Scheurle contacted one of the accusers with knowledge of the report, indicating a breach of confidentiality within the organization regarding the complaint.

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