GDC Attendees Allegedly Drugged, Assaulted, And Generally Abused At Conference

Sev­er­al game devel­op­ers attend­ing GDC 2023 have report­ed some con­cern­ing, and high­ly ille­gal, behav­ior tak­ing place dur­ing the con­fer­ence on social media. Alle­ga­tions include severe preda­to­ry behav­ior, like drink-spik­ing and assault, to gen­er­al harassment.

Game devel­op­er Leena dan Deven­ter took to Twit­ter, stat­ing women at the GDC were “belit­tled and under­mined,” while being “hit on relent­less­ly,” which includ­ed drinks being drugged. They also said “Two women were even lured up to a hotel room by a man in a posi­tion of pow­er for a ‘pitch’, where he then assault­ed them.”

These alle­ga­tions were repeat­ed by gam­ing PR per­son Guy Blomberg, who helped to orga­nize a karaoke event where the report­ed drink-spik­ing hap­pened. “I’m furi­ous this not only hap­pened, but that it tends to hap­pen so fre­quent­ly that it’s become almost com­mon­place,” they stat­ed on Twitter.

The GDC has become well-known for this alleged preda­to­ry behav­ior (espe­cial­ly when it comes to drink-spik­ing) that devel­op­ers warn their col­leagues about it every year. 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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