IGDA Executive Director And Anti-#GamerGate Critic Kate Edwards Steps Down
Kate Edwards IGDA
(Last Updated On: June 30, 2017)

Kate Edwards became the International Game Developers Association’s executive director back in 2012. Over the last five years Edwards has worked within the organization to expand reach into various regions and countries around the world, including making connections in Egypt, Tunisia, Georgia and Bandgladesh, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

On June 30th, 2017 in a blog post, Edwards affirmed that the executive director role at the IGDA has come to an end.

In the post, Edwards stated that the job was always intended to last for just a few years, writing…

“To many people, this may seem like a sudden decision. But the reality is that when I began in 2012, I decisively told the IGDA’s board of directors that this would likely be a 3- to 5-year mission for me,” […] “When I reached the end of my third year, it was clear that more work was to be done, and so I persisted along with my remarkable staff. As we’re nearing that 5-year milestone, I’m following through on my original intention. There’s never a perfect stopping point for a dynamic job like this, but now with GDC and E3 behind us, this was just as good a time as ever to move on.”

Back in 2015 David Auerbach from Slate had estimated that Edwards would resign shortly after a series of corruption allegations surfaced in relation to the IGF and IGDA, which later saw former IGF chairman Brandon Boyer resign at the height of the allegations.

Edwards was infamously outspoken against #GamerGate since 2014 after the IGDA originally advocated the use of the #GamerGate autoblocker, which managed to block some independent developers as well. Some thought that the IGDA was treading on thin ice by employing the autoblocker. The organization eventually subsided from using the GGAutoblocker, but not before founder Ernest Adams explained to us…

“So far as I know, the block list wasn’t intended to include independent developers. If an indie developer is being blocked, that’s a coincidence.

 

“Essentially, it blocks anyone who is following more than one of the ringleaders.

 

“This post on the GGAutoblocker blog explains how to get whitelisted if you feel that you have been blocked in error.”

Adams linked to Randi Lee Harper’s blog explaining how developers and potential members of the IGDA who had been blocked could vouch for whitelisting.

At the time, IGDA chairman of the Puerto Rico sect, Roberto Rosario, had criticized the main IGDA arm for instituting the use of the GGAutoblocker, and Rosario underwent some form of ostracizing for being sympathetic toward #GamerGate.

Edwards, meanwhile, had been making multiple public statements denouncing #GamerGate to publications such as Venture Beat, stating that it was a harassment campaign. Youtube outlets like ShortFatOtaku and Netscape rounded up some of the more controversial comments from the IGDA and the history of the organization’s run-in with #GamerGate.

I had originally reached out to Edwards for an interview regarding the criticisms about the IGDA and the way certain prominent organizations within the gaming industry had taken a rather anti-gaming stance by making claims about people using the GamerGate hashtag based on misinformation. However, Edwards declined partaking in a full length interview after stating that the information might be misconstrued as “SJW lies”.

The hashtag kicked off in 2014 after numerous scandals over the years finally came to a head involving a Kotaku journalist. Game journalists attempted to sweep the scandal under the rug, and when gamers kept prying the media labeled the gaming community as a bunch of harassers and misogynists. It was later revealed that some of the journalists who had aligned themselves as anti-#GamerGate had committed illegal acts, and some have been arrested for actually partaking in harassment, and for having allegedly raped multiple women.

Despite all of the negative comments from major gaming organizations about #GamerGate, those who organized within the hashtag did manage to convince the FTC to further update and enforce their guidelines regarding disclosure, in addition to launching a full investigation into Kotaku and Gawker. The consumer revolt was also responsible for encouraging multiple gaming websites have also updated their disclosure and ethics policies in light of #GamerGate’s efforts.

(Main image courtesy of MIT Global Education)


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  • Keystone

    >Her

    Good one. That jawline doesn’t lie.

    • Bitterbear

      It’s just her Russian (steroid abuse) heritage.

  • ThyPancakeConsumed
  • Disqusted
  • However, Edwards declined partaking in a full length interview after
    stating that the information might be misconstrued as “SJW lies”.

    At least you got a response. All I got when I asked for an interview was a refusal. In retrospect, her stepping down might be why she said no.

  • VersVlees

    I wonder has the IGDA always been SJW infested? Or did it creep in the last years like it did in all the current year gaming media sites?

    • Disqusted

      If i recall correctly the IGDA was specifically created by an SJW guy, Ernest Adams. It’s written in the article.

      • VersVlees

        Ah I see now.I always thought IGDA was “wierd”. You might think they would side with gamers (you know the people who buy your stuff)
        Well at least the SJW’s can create their own little organizations instead of co opting it.

  • The_Last_Ride

    AHAHAHAHAHA! Fuck off Kate, you and IGDA are cancer! You fucking lied about Gamergate and continue to be a plague within gaming

  • Good riddance, feminism is cancer.

    Now watch them replace her with yet another SJW/feminist to continue pushing the political crap.

    • totenglocke

      Well, her temporary replacement is the CEO of the super SJW developer Beamdog. Beamdog is most famous for making a super shitty SJW DLC for Baldur’s Gate.

    • mikebrand83

      SJW/feminist cronyism. The only thing more predictable than male SJW/feminist allies turning out to be the very creeps that they project others of being.

  • Alistair

    Ahh dam billy you already got this news cover lol 😂

    But isn’t it sweet, another one bite the dust, if I was Dev I be foolish to sign up to IGDA.

    For all the bullshit over the years.