GDC 2023 attendees were reportedly subjected to abuse, assault, and drink spiking

March 26, 2023
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Game developers and others from within the industry are speaking out about “multiple folks” who were assaulted or spiked at this year’s GDC event.

The conference – self-described as “the game industry’s premiere professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft” – ran between 20th and 24th March in San Francisco, California. As the event drew to a close, however, attendees began sharing concerning stories about their experiences at the event.

“Women at GDC this year have been belittled and undermined in their roles, been hit on relentlessly, and had their drinks spiked by predatory men,” tweeted developer Leena van Deventer (thanks, TheGamer).

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