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Video Game Industry Rocked by Outpouring of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The gaming and streaming world hasn’t yet faced the #MeToo movement on the same scale as Hollywood. That’s poised to change. 

Chris Avellone 

Chris Avellone 

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Dozens of women took to social media over the past few days to outline explosive allegations against prominent men in the world of video gaming and streaming, setting the stage for what could be the beginning of a #MeToo reckoning for the $150 billion video game industry.

Four women leveled accusations of sexual misconduct against Chris Avellone, a critically acclaimed video game writer, leading one developer to end its cooperation with him and prompting him to part ways with another game in the works. A different woman accused Omeed Dariani, the chief executive officer of Online Performers Group, a talent agency that works with many video streamers, of making an unwelcome sexual overture. Dariani resigned from his position on Sunday. Some streamers began calling for a blackout Wednesday of Inc.’s Twitch, the biggest game streaming platform, alleging that it turns a blind eye to misbehavior.