IGDA claimed that there was “no concrete evidence of wrongdoing” despite the victims submitting more than 120 pages of reports
The chair of the Women in Games (WIG) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has stepped down following allegations of abuse.
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the victim Claimed That following formal complaints in 2019 and 2020 there were “several informal complaints” filed to IGDA about Jennifer Scheerle (also lead game designer at Black Bird Interactive). There were apparently over 120 pages of statements and evidence.
Last night (September 16), Scheurle issued a statement via Twitter announcing that she would immediately step down from her role as IGDA WIG SIG President.
I’m sorry it took so long. I wanted to allow enough time to reflect on everyone affected by the situation. pic.twitter.com/4Rdd7xxtrS
— Jennifer Scheerle (@Gaohmee) September 16, 2021
Although the complaints made internally to the IGDA date back a few years, these allegations seem to have come to the fore in the public domain. GameHers Rewards, which recognizes “people and women of marginalized gender who are marginalized in all aspects of gaming”. program announced Enrollment Earlier this week (September 13), where Skirley was nominated in categories including “Rising Leader” and “Advocate of the Year.”
“Jennifer Scherle shouldn’t be nominated for anything, let alone the ‘Rising Leader’ award,” tweeted Noni Ochs, a developer who came forward with the allegations, previously shared her experience of being “manipulated and essentially groomed” by Scheurle.
The woman I’m talking about here is Jennifer Scheerley https://t.co/BTNrREvFfp
— Noni & (@NinNons) September 15, 2021
“I’ve always tried to embody the value of trusting the victims and that doesn’t change with the accused being themselves,” Scheurle said in his statement. “Many people I love are hurting and I wish no more harm would come to any of you. I am sorry for any harm to Noni and others, past and present. “
She has also stated that she will withdraw all nominations for awards, upcoming speaking and writing, and will abstain from advocacy work.
Before Scheurle’s resignation, IGDA issued a Statement With regard to the allegations, confirming “after thorough investigation, the complainant was informed that there was no [sic] Strong evidence of wrongdoing. He was also invited to submit additional material in future to resume the investigation.”
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