While Bungie takes legal action against a player accused of breaking Destiny 2 rules and threatening to “burn down” the studioits leading lawyer says that removing bad actors from the gaming community “is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”
Talking with Axios (opens in a new tab)General Counsel Don McGowan spoke about Bungie’s unusually litigious approach to harassment and abuse in their community, and by unusually litigious I mean that few, if any, game studios pursue this type of behavior in court so aggressively.
“We’ve seen historically that bad actors are often tolerated because the people with the skills and power to eliminate them don’t focus their efforts there,” says McGowan. “Simply put, we disagree. In our opinion, removing harassment and abuse from our community is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good business.”
“Tolerating bad actors drives away a lot of people who would like to enjoy our products,” he added.
McGowan’s comments to Axios also touch on the recent wave of bullying that has led Bungie to reduce communication with players. Community manager dmg described the situation in a recent Reddit mail (opens in a new tab)stating that “there have been real threats to our people and our studio” and “we are taking them seriously”.
“I will be very clear in saying that I appreciate the studio to the extent that it helped me personally after serious bullying of myself and my family,” dmg said. “I’m taking time off in part because of this. Just because you can’t see it directly in a given tweet or forum reply doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
This followed a separate wave of bullying directed at Destiny 2 sandbox leader Kevin Yanes, who walked out of Twitter discussions after a mob of players attacked him because their favorite Titan Exotic would never return, and those are just two. of the most visible examples.
Defending Bungie staff, McGowan emphasized that “they are doing a job, and as their attorney, my team and I have a skill set that allows us to defend them, as well as the integrity of our players’ experience.”
This stance fits in with the tone of Bungie’s previous lawsuits, including one just resolved. $13.5 Million Lawsuit Targeting Cheaters and one more recent $7.6 million lawsuit sparked by fraudulent DMCA takedowns. In the latter, Bungie noted that “serious consequences await anyone foolish enough to offer themselves as a Defender by attacking the Bungie community.”
PlayStation has officially completed its purchase from Bungiebut Destiny 2 will still be cross-platform.