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Squelching Harassment in the Ecosystem

Neil Schwartzman  (Chief of Detectives, Unit 221B)

Steven Guris  (Director of Investigations, Unit 221B)

Maria Thomas  (Investigative Lead, Unit 221B)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and Reddit allow open lines of communication between game companies, their developers, and the fans and player base of their games. However, this open communication is a two-way street. While companies and developers can harvest gargantuan amounts of positive feedback or constructive criticism, woven into these communication streams are bad actors and harassers both online and in real world acts of intolerance and harassment.

These individuals believe they are anonymous. They are wrong. With the right tools and motivation, they can be identified and held accountable. Find out how one company fought back successfully, and how the tactics and techniques they used can be adopted to fight off abusers in all corners of the ecosystem.


Attendees will learn how to investigate, identify, and deter harassment initiated by abusive individuals online and those affecting real-world activities as well. Attendees will also learn what protective measures they can take preemptively to avoid abuse.

Intended Audience

This is for legal teams, community managers, game security teams, and community members who are working towards a more inclusive and tolerant ecosystem.