Why it’s time to stop the internet blacklisting gamers
A major internet company is under pressure to apologise after a petition against it calling for it to stop blacklisting players with the same name as a popular game received over 100,000 signatures.
Gamers Against Censorship has launched a petition calling for the site to stop using the name Michael Jordan.
It has since been signed by more than 100,00 gamers and their allies across Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.
In the petition, Gamers Against Media states that Jordan is a popular sports player and a “legend” but has “no place” on the site.
The petition has garnered more than 3,500 signatures, and was put on the official Gamers For Jordan Facebook page on Monday night.
“It is time to end this witch hunt against Jordan and stop the bullying of the gaming community,” Gamers for Jordan CEO Andrew Condon said in a statement.
“Jordan is a great name and an iconic character and a name that should not be used on the GamersForJordan Facebook page.”
Jordan has been known to have a long-standing rivalry with Kobe Bryant, who is known for wearing a mask during a press conference after his win in the 2009 NBA finals.
Jordan has not played professionally since the 2014-15 season and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
In a statement, the company said it was “aware” of the petition and that it was working to remove Jordan’s name from its site.
“The company is aware of the Gamestop petition and will respond to the petition if it becomes an issue,” it said.
“We do not use names of people we don’t know.”
Jordan is currently listed as a gamer on Gamestops website.
A spokesperson for Gamestoppers said the company was not involved in the issue.
“Gamestoppers is a trusted retailer of game accessories, apparel and other collectibles,” the spokesperson said.
The company also released a statement saying it had a “zero tolerance” policy for any form of harassment of its customers.
“While we do not discuss individual customer preferences, we do respect people’s freedom of speech, including their right to express their opinions, and take action to prevent bullying and harassment,” the statement read.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has previously reported that Gamestowers, which has more than 50 million members, had to apologise for using the Jordan name in the past.