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GDC rescinds award for Atari founder after criticisms of sexually inappropriate behavior

Organizers of the Game Developer’s Conference have rescinded plans to present the once a year Pioneer Award to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, after a lot of recreation builders pointed to reviews of sexually inappropriate feedback and behavior by means of Bushnell within the early days of Atari. Although the behavior, which incorporated provocative scorching bathtub conferences and fostering a “fraternity” tradition at Atari, had lengthy been documented in a couple of interviews and books, it has sparked new grievance and a focus within the wake of the #MeToo motion.

“The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, who vote on the Special Award Winners for each show, have made the decision not to give out a Pioneer Award for this year’s event, following additional feedback from the community,” the Official GDC account introduced lately on Twitter. “They believe their picks should reflect the values of today’s game industry and will dedicate this year’s aware to honor the pioneering and unheard voices of the past.”

The Verge has reached out to Bushnell for remark.

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