Bungie employees were allegedly harassed in June. The harassment reportedly leads to employees being doxxed and bombarded with racial slurs, phone calls and text messages, and it allegedly started with a tweet celebrating working with a popular Destiny 2 player.
The harassment began after one of Bungie’s employees tweeted about his new collaboration with African-American streamer Uhmaayyze in early June for their game. Destiny 2reports The record. This tweet would lead to doxxing and death threats against several Bungie employees.
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The tweet received a response threatening to kill employees on June 14. This was reportedly followed by Bungie employees receiving voicemails and texts on their home phones from someone using an anonymous messaging and calling app. A voicemail message was left on the personal phone line of the employee who posted the tweet.
In it, the caller used racial slurs and asked Destiny 2 to include violent and racist scenes or DLC. The employee’s spouse, also a Bungie employee, received a text message with the same request.
Later, someone using the same phone number ordered pizza from the couple’s home after leaving them a voicemail saying, “Enjoy your pizza.”
This event would have led them to call the police to file a report.
A Twitter user named Inkcel was also making threats online at the same time and tweeted a picture of the Bungie employee’s staff ID card. They also tweeted that they had moved to live 30 minutes from the employee. The two employees proceeded to use a court order to have the texting app release the name of the person threatening them.
Doxxing and harassment are nothing new to the gaming community. Unfortunately, this is quite common. Many associate doxxing with streamers, but it has happened in several gaming communities, including towards game developers, for years. Earlier this month, a hotline has been set up to help streamers who are victims of hate raids.
Destiny 2 made headlines several more times this year. Earlier this summer, Sony has completed its purchase of Bungie, which means Destiny is now part of the PlayStation family. They are also working on a Destiny mobile gamealthough details are scarce.
Casey is a freelance writer for IGN. You can usually find him talking about JRPGs on Twitter at @caseydavidmt.