W Love Games is a non-profit game developers conference in Finland, designed by developers for developers, with the help of dedicated volunteers and partners. Our mission is to empower unrepresented and marginalized members of the games industry, providing inspiring and safe environment for sharing knowledge, experiences and stories.
W Love Games is committed to keeping our community safe for everyone and has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment in any and all of its forms. The aim of this Code of Conduct is to make sure that the individuals attending
our events and programs are aware and committed to fighting against sexual and other forms of harassment and are aware of Finnish laws and regulations concerning these matters. Every member of our community, no matter of professional experience, cultural or religious background, gender, sexual orientation, ability, appearance, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, socioeconomic status (or lack thereof) deserves friendly, safe and welcoming environment to grow individually and professionally as part of Finnish gaming industry.
HARASSMENT INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
1. Sexual harassment
2. Repeated threats and bullying
3. Intimidation and belittling
4. Sexually charged comments
5. Derogatory and mocking speech
SAFETY: Physical, mental and sexual safety and comfort is a basic right for everyone in the Finnish game industry community and it should be emphasized by all the individuals working in or in any way related to the games industry.
FIGHT HARASSMENT: Harassment, or tolerance of harassment of any kind, harms us and our industry, limits our craft and violates this Code and Finnish laws.
RESPONSIBILITY: Everyone has a responsibility to influence the safety of the Finnish games industry by following this Code of Conduct and intervening to stop any harassment that is witnessed or reported. Intervene or/and report if you witness something that violates this Code of Conduct.
POWER MEANS MORE RESPONSIBILITY: There is zero tolerance to the acts of abusing a work related position of social or professional power to conduct any of the harassment mentioned above is highly unethical and directly violates this Code of Conduct.
INFORM: If you experience harassment, inform the person conducting it that you do not accept their behavior. Inform the event organizer of the misbehavior immediately.
IF YOU WITNESS OR ARE SUBJECT TO UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR
If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please report this in one of the following ways:
● Speaking to an on-site organizer or volunteer
● Emailing the dedicated person appointed to reporting these matters from W Love Games (Eeva Vuorinen)
IF NEEDED, ASK FOR HELP: You can also ask for help from representatives of Neogames, We In Games Finland, IGDA Finland or occupational health and safety representatives. It is critical that any misbehavior and abuse is immediately reported in order to stop such behavior and prevent further harassment – protect the community!
TAKE NOTES: Be ready to explain the situation (what happened, when, where, who harassed you, were any other people present).
DEMAND RESPONSIBILITY: According to Finnish law, the event organizer is obligated to investigate every reported harassment case related to the event where incident happened.
ASK FOR PREVENTIVE MEASURES: Event organizers should actively monitor whether harassment at the workplace exists and take the initiative to intervene in a manner outlined in the company policy.
IF YOU ARE ACCUSED OF HARRASSMENT
LISTEN: Listen to the person / manager explaining the situation to you.
APOLOGISE: Be ready to apologize.
BE THE SOLUTION: Discuss possible ways of resolving the situation. The accused can also discuss the situation with the aforementioned employer representatives.
READ THE CODE OF CONDUCT: Do not break the code of conduct.
We wish for all event participants and community members (event organizers, contributors; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all W Love Games programs and events, at venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one or group communications pertaining to W Love Games community and Finnish gaming industry.
W Love Games is closely collaborating with the Finnish games industry organizations and acts in line with Finnish Games Industry Code of Conduct, IGDA Finland Code of Conduct and We In Games Finland Code of Conduct.