IGDA apologizes for 'inappropriate' party

International Game Developers Association acknowledges costumes worn by performers at recent party were out of place, says it does not condone activities that objectify or demean women.

The International Game Developers Association has apologized for the circumstances surrounding a party it held this week at the Game Developers Conference. Executive director Kate Edwards issued a statement to GameSpot today, saying the group recognizes costumes worn at the party by performers were "inappropriate," as were some of the performers' actions.

"As many of you know, the IGDA was a co-presenter of the YetiZen party Tuesday evening. We recognize that some of the performers' costumes at the party were inappropriate, and also some of the activities they performed were not what we expected or approved," she said.

"We regret that the IGDA was involved in this situation. We do not condone activities that objectify or demean women or any other group of people," she continued. "One of the core values of the IGDA is encouraging inclusion and diversity. Obviously we need to be more vigilant in our efforts. We intend to be so in the future."

As a result of the situation, IGDA board members Brenda Romero and Darius Kazemi have resigned from their positions at the group.

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358 comments
OldKye
OldKye

I can't find any pictures of this party! how and i suppose to be properly offended if i can't find visual evidence of this travesty.

I promise I'll spend many hour's closely examining the offending photos so i know the full extent of this indiscretion!

uttaus
uttaus

WOW those scantly clad women, are as offensive as the fully interactive hardcore sex, that you got to have in Mass Effect 1. This is so Fox News worthy. (just in case there is some truly ignorant people, No there was now interactive hardcore sex in Mass Effect) 


SauhlGood
SauhlGood

think of all the women some of you guys and girls know that use their looks, to get everything from money, cars, green cards to sex or even dominance.   There is a portion of women that like the status quo, because they get stuff from being pretty, ive noticed its usually the ones with self esteem issues that complain... im not justifying it, i think it personally diminishes the image and worth of women who want more than just to be objectified(equal pay etc.), but just saying, you girls wouldnt mind if it was magic mike up there dressed as one of your werewolf/vampire fantasies.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2013/03/27/really-igda-party-at-gdc-brings-on-the-female-dancers/

Looking at those pictures I think some ladies out there SERIOUSLY need to cheer up a little.  How on earth showing your arms and legs classes as inappropriate these days is beyond me (unless of course religions come into this argument but that's something entirely different/pointless).

Its not as if the ladies were strutting around in bikinis doing private lap dances for cash, the dancers were just dancers - that's all there is to it.

Political correctness is becoming ridiculous.  I'm sure if it were topless men on stage no-one would have bat an eyelid, it's just feminists hung up on the past trying to argue with everybody.

fourclawrider
fourclawrider

Question: Was a gun pointed at the performers so they were forced to dress and/or act inappropriate?

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

Aww cmon it was a party, not a formal board room meeting.They need to lighten up and get some scantilly clad males as well next time to avoid the feminists hate train.

grnsuperman4
grnsuperman4

Really?!?! I've seen actresses on Nickelodeon showing just as much on shows my daughter watches.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

I've seen more skin on underage girls at my local mall, big whoop.

Zloth2
Zloth2

So... what actually happened!?  Inappropriate costumes... so I take it the tank wasn't wearing the best armor for her level and the party got wiped?  Or have I been playing too many MMOs again?

vadagar1
vadagar1

dafq just put some hot naked guys in next time plz 


AND LOL at emgesp :D lmao

snova9308
snova9308

i see nothing wrong

why do they need to apologize??

emgesp
emgesp

Were they offering services if you know what I mean. 

schesak
schesak

The propensity of people to cry foul at every little thing these days is pathetic.   We're approaching a day when no one will be able to do anything in public because it might offend some other segment of society.   Ridiculous.

heysupersteve
heysupersteve

Kazemi wrote on Twitter. “But I did not speak up about them internally because I did not want to rock the boat with like, 2 weeks left in my term. For that, I’m sorry.” .... So his term was up and he uses this as his reason for leaving, okay. I mean the same group hired the same kind of girls last year, but quitting your job back then might have actually cost you something. I don't buy the white knight act.

Also, anyone else feel that this is actually an odd route to go if "One of your core values is encouraging inclusion and diversity?" Is this what being open minded, including and promoting diversity looks like?

Maybe it's just a publicity stunt.

oh, and for those asking for a pic, it's really not that skimpy http://b-i.forbesimg.com/carolpinchefsky/files/2013/03/IGDA2013Photo.jpg

starduke
starduke

Well, I have to ask were the women involved slaves, or were they paid to be at the party? Did these women feel demeaned by the clothes they were wearing, and the actions they performed? If so, why did they take the money, and offer their services, such as they were, to be at the party?

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i didnt even know about this party until this article popped up. maybe if they had shut up about it, most people would never have known about it, heh.

EdgeOfTheKnife
EdgeOfTheKnife

Yes, because booth babes have literally no other marketable skills besides walking around nearly naked. /sarcasm

Please tell me you see the complete absurdity of your comment.

Party does not automatically equal strippers and a champagne room. You can have fun with people you work with and respect without it being a kegger with beer pong.

The picture shown was actually some of the more clothed women there. Regardless it's not really about how scantily clad the women were. That's not the issue here and continuing to focus on it does nothing but obfuscate the real issues that are at the heart of any controversy.

HADES2001
HADES2001

really ? what is all the commotien people 2 girls 1 in a dress 1 in a short skirt dance a little OH MY GOD WORLDS ARE BURNING.

I live in the Netherlands guess what girls here dress less during the summer days

PS yes i  saw the pictures not that special type in girls in bikini on google you get better fap time

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

I wish they would provide more context in the article, I can't really tell much of what happened or how bad it was from the scarce details here.

marinerzz
marinerzz

Taking away jobs and opportunities from booth babes doesn't sound very progressive.

raven772
raven772

I'm confused, professional? Its a party. What do you expect at parties.

EdgeOfTheKnife
EdgeOfTheKnife

*facepalm* ....and everyone completely misses the point.

I was at this party. The problem here is not women who were scantily clad, or how scantily clad or clothed they were. This was not about whether these women were working voluntarily or not at the event and whether "booth babes" are actually Slave Leia's who are dancing against their will in chainmail bikini's. This is about the fact that booth babes as a general practice have no place at a PROFESSIONAL industry event. Emphasis on professional.

By having booth babes at your event you are basically advocating that women there have no purpose but to be ornamental sex objects and that their opinions and ideas are not welcome at the table. It creates an environment that is really sexually charged in unfortunate and unnecessary ways and makes people of both genders really uncomfortable because it's pandering to this concept that the gaming industry is composed of nothing but teenage boys, which it most certainly is not.

Last year YetiZen put on the same party and the same debacle occured because they apparently had fully nude women walking around the party, which says to me they don't have any interest in having women in the industry at their party at all. They only want the room to be filled with dudes and ornamental sex objects. As a guy this seems really weird because isn't the point of a party to mingle? If I knew going in that it was gonna be a total sausagefest with strippers I would not go. There would be clearly nothing of any genuine interest to see there. 

The main reason this was as big of an issue this year was because the event was cosponsored by the IGDA which is a professional organization which has goals of making the industry inclusive for anyone that wants to work there and contribute. When a party hires scantily clad women to walk around and be booth babes, while also being sponsored by an organization that is trying to promote the idea that women are more than just sex objects and have valuable ideas and insights into the industry, we have a clear conflict of interests occurring. You either get to be pandering bro's and have strippers at your party (and by all means, if that's the party you wish to have, OWN IT, and have that kind of party, but be prepared for backlash, and own that fact too), OR you get to be professional and create a professional environment that is inclusive of all your members. You can't have both.

Lets please be clear here: This is an industry facing event, NOT a public facing one. It's meant for game developers to meet and learn from other people in the game development industry. This is not a "fan" event and as such it is simply not the time or place to for booth babes (or booth bro's).

Now, Equality or GTFO and let me look at all this fancy new expensive game hardware and tools! :D

ziproy
ziproy

So booth babes are now evil?? You make us chauvinistic men sound like tyrannical Jabba the Hutts that force women into metal bikinis and make them dance for our amusment.

Those women agreed to wear those costumes. They agreed to be paid to have men stare and hoot at them, and most of them probably liked it too.

If this was such a big deal then those women should have said "no I'm not going to accept this money". They didn't say that though.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

these women were obviously looking around for a kitchen.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

its good the women were doing this. i was always taught it was good to share. these women are role models for sharing their bodies with the rest of the world.

masterdrat
masterdrat

No images? I like to judge by myself.

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

The dirty truth about sexual objectification - is that the women who get upset aren't the ones being objectified.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

You know what I got out of this? "Blah, blah bu-blah!" Who cares? So they had girls dressed in hot outfits. big deal. ITS NOT LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD DOESN'T DO IT???

seriously... 

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

You can bet if they were male strippers there wouldn't be an apology. 

moleyUK
moleyUK

"The sight of that moderately-dressed paid performer detracted from the conversation I was having about the best physics engine to properly show the blood and gore in excruciating detail when I lopped that guy's head off in my new game... but I made sure that I got her details to motion capture her as DLC in-game character"

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

Lol- My GF has to dress like this all the time (or worse - um,... better :) for promotional jobs - the American Honey shirts I ware she gave me mention 3somes and things like that.

The pics I saw were nothing to get upset about

It's a shame 2 people had to step down over this.  I wonder who caused all the fuss?

willzihang
willzihang

Hmm.. these women are enslaved and forced to do this 'shameless dancing'.... it really is a continuous stream of bullshit isn't it. They are dancers for Christ's sake! How many women dancers were raped there I wonder... or perhaps all the men in the room were masturbating over them? Quit this constant INSULT to men that we are only purposed to look down on women as objects of sex.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

What? Dancers and animators that perform in fun and entertaining costumes? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Billy_Inc
Billy_Inc

On another site I saw what they were wearing and it was not bad at all . Also is it not wrong for a woman to tell another woman what she can and can not wear in her performance? While these ladies were not strippers at ALL. Even if they were how is that degrading. These women made the CHOICE to wear or not wear anything that they want.  Also I must point out that I am going off on a bigger issue at the end, and once more what the performers had on was not risky (sp) at all. 

richten71
richten71

I actually had to go to a different site to get the real story. I have nothing against "exotic dancers", which are really strippers, but I could see where it would have been inappropriate to have hired them for this event. The two that resigned did it more for publicity for themselves. They would have been better off apologizing for what happened and made a statement that they will see to it under their watch that something like this will never happen again. Instead they just quit leaving open the possibility of this happening again. Way to support what you believe in.

megafitch
megafitch

What a brilliant and insightful article, maybe you'll win a Pulitzer prize for this one Eddie! As per usual you're left to write the chaff articles haha! Surprised you didn't drop "Party wasn't for the Wii U" in there, you know....

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

Mmm... Pics or didn't happen! :D

I mean, it would be nice to know what this is about

kuda001
kuda001

IGDA said they made a mistake and apologized for it.  Instead of quitting Brenda and Darius you could have stayed and done something, leaving proves and does nothing.

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

Apparently good looking women wanted to pole dance and ugly women took offense because they felt objectified or something.

So everyone had to apologize. Right?

BAT
BAT

"News" where the most important part is missing is just great :P

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

Forming an opinion on this would be so much easier if we had context, like what they were wearing and doing.


I'm a feminist and all, but these days it's been getting ridiculous, like if you see a girl not be a strong character in media people are all like "oh my god this is stereotyping and sexist!" - I have rarely seen a company "apologise" for an actual serious issue, it just seems to be really small things that don't matter at all. Like the whole "Bros before Hoes" thing in God of War, and without knowing exactly what happened, this statement just seems like another one of those. And it's going to be pretty hard for a a group of dancers to somehow give the impression that females are inferior.



OllieBrown
OllieBrown

Ummmm ... so they "accidentally" hired strippers .... oops.

bhmg
bhmg

oh god...the world is going to the pink side =.="

Paradosis
Paradosis

Some women (and men) like being objectified. Maybe these people just spent too much time at BDSM sites when they were deciding which costumes would work.