Twitch Releases Statement Amidst Gaming #MeToo Controversy

Streaming platform and video games giant, Twitch, has released a statement in light of the recent #MeToo controversies in gaming. Over the last few days, hundreds of people in the video games and content creator industries have stepped forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse, similar to the #MeToo movement which struck Hollywood in 2017.

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Taking to Twitter with a statement on the matter, Twitch said the following: “We take accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct extremely seriously. We are actively looking into the accounts concerning streamers affiliated with Twitch and will work with law enforcement where applicable.

“We’re thankful to the bravery shown by those who have come forward to speak about their experiences, and we are committed to working to make the streaming community safer for everyone.”

There’s now a sizeable number of people in the gaming and streaming industries who’ve had allegations made against them. From personal relations contacts to developers, YouTubers to Twitch streamers, there’s almost no section of the gaming sphere which has not been addressed.

The many, many conversations that the gaming #MeToo movement has sparked includes the discussion of the sexualisation of women from a young age. A number of now-viral tweets have spoken about Hollywood actor, Megan Fox, who spoke out against director Michael Bay during a 2009 interview with late night comedian, Jimmy Kimmel.

In the clip, which you can watch in the tweet below, Fox discusses how she was 15 years old when she was asked to dance in a bikini under falling water.

Hopefully Twitch will be making further statements on its plans of action regarding the news.

It’s likely that we’ll be seeing other statements from gaming-related websites and platforms in the coming days as the movement continues to grow in strength.

If you’ve been affected by any of the topics in this article, you can seek support from a number of registered charities. Find out more from mental health organisation, Mind, right here.

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