Court filings detail threats and harassment against Bungie employees

Employees of Destiny 2 developer Bungie recently reduced their communication on social media in response to threats and harassment, and now court filings in Canada have revealed just how intense those threats were.

According to a report from Waterloo Region Record, in June, an Ontario judge ordered Canadian anonymous phone service provider TextNow Inc. to release the names of customers who had made “racist and serious physical threats” against Bungie employees. The ruling details some of the threats made against two Bungie employees, including doxxing, harassing tweets, racist phone calls, and threats of violence.

The Record’s report says the harassment began following a tweet on the official Destiny 2 Twitter account that included a video featuring Twitch streamer Uhmaayyze, who often freestyles while playing Destiny. Superior Court Judge Fred Myers said in the ruling that as a result of the tweet, Bungie employees were doxxed and harassed, with an anonymous person threatening to kill Bungie employees on Bungie’s Twitter accounts. .

“Soon after, several Bungie employees began receiving voicemails and text messages to unpublished personal phone numbers repeatedly using the racial slur colloquially known as the ‘N-word’,” Judge said. .

The harassing and threatening phone calls continued to a Bungie employee and the harassers also texted their wife’s phone, according to the ruling, while also ordering pizza from the employee’s home, revealing that the harasser had discovered his home address. This raised fears that the stalker might attempt to “hit” the Bungie employee. Crush involves making false reports to the police in an attempt to induce them to send an armed response against the target.

Two Bungie employees have sought a court order to compel TextNow to identify the customers who made the threats. The judge granted the order in June, but did not issue the decision until a month later due to the seriousness of the danger posed by the allegations. It is currently unclear whether or what Bungie will take against customers identified by TextNow.

Last month, Bungie community manager Dmg04 discussed in a Reddit Comment some employees have experienced harassment, describing it as much more serious than “rude replies on Twitter or vague comments”.

“Here’s the thing, the harassment we’ve been talking about isn’t just rude Twitter replies or vague comments,” Dmg04 wrote on Reddit. “There have been real threats to our employees and our studio. We take them seriously, resulting in fewer communications as the team plans future protections/strategies to help prevent these kinds of things. “

Dmg also wrote that he took time off from his job at Bungie in part because of the harassment he and his family had experienced.

“None of this is meant to be punishment for people who can leave clear and respectful feedback for our developers, mind you,” Dmg04 wrote. “There are no cases at Bungie where people are actively watching a conversation and planning retaliatory actions towards our player base via patches, updates or communication strategies. Sometimes we just need to take some time to settle things in. It could take weeks, could take months – like any given development pipeline, because we want the best for our players AND our employees. , we can’t carry on as normal until things are resolved. It sucks, but we want to make sure people are safe and taken care of.”

Bungie is currently suing a player whom it accuses of regularly violating its terms of service and harassing Dmg. Neil Paris, an attorney representing Bungie employees in the TextNow case, told The Record that “these grounds for decision are not related to any other litigation that has been reported in the media.”

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