For the fair and inclusive future of gaming.

Become An Affiliate

Become An Affiliate

Keystone Code

Keystone Code

At AnyKey we are dedicated to fostering respectful, enjoyable, and harassment-free gaming experiences for everyone regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, or religion.

Our Keystone Code identifies four fundamental values as guides for positive and fulfilling engagement in gaming spaces, even while players compete with one another. These values can be observed being put into practice in all of the healthiest online communities:

 

                            Compassion: treat others as you would be treated; consider the perspectives of others.

                            Integrity: be honest, be committed, play fair.

                            Respect: respect all other humans, teammates and competitors alike.

                            Courage: be courageous in competition and in standing up for what is right.

 

The four Keystones shape our understanding of how people can comport themselves and interact with one another to foster positive communities where players from all walks of life can feel welcome. This is what the Keystones look like in practice.

 

Compassion

You value the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and opinions of others, even when different from your own. You appreciate that all viewpoints come from the life experiences of fellow human beings. You understand that online interactions impact real people in real ways, both offline and online.

 

Integrity

You behave honorably and honestly. You take responsibility for your words and actions. While playing games, you honor the rules and spirit of honest competition.

 

Respect

You respect everyone regardless of their background, identity, physical appearance, or beliefs. Even in competitive gaming where “trash-talk” is common, you are a good sport and respect opponents as fellow human beings, keeping the banter to the game, not ever making it personal.

 

Courage

You have the courage to moderate your own behavior, speak out against harassment, and report violations by others. You do not tolerate harassment or hate speech of any kind, even when you are not directly involved.

 

For reference, “harassment” includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hate speech, offensive behavior, or verbal abuse related to sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, or religion.
  • Stalking or intimidation (physically or online).
  • Spamming, raiding, hijacking, or inciting disruption of streams or social media.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, unwelcome sexualized comments, jokes, and sexual advances.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

We do not tolerate harassment or hate speech in any form. Anyone violating these rules in our related communities and spaces will be dealt with at the discretion of activity organizers and stream moderators, and may include being banned from online channels and/or removed from events. If you observe harassment against someone, say something!

All of our Affiliates have agreed to join us in supporting the Keystone Code in their communities, and we invite you and your communities to join us, too! If you have questions, or would like to apply to join our Affiliates, please Contact Us.

Research

Research

Stereotypes, out-dated models, and an overall lack of data remain persistent issues when we think about participation in esports. AnyKey wants to help the scene do better.

The research side of AnyKey works to bring experts to the table to leverage their knowledge, experience, and insights to tackling challenges in the space – from critical issues around harassment to understanding diverse audiences and players. Through our workshops we spend time deeply exploring a particular issue and offer productive, actionable take-aways. Public live-streamed panels provide an opportunity to share these thematic deep dives; sharing knowledge and creating larger conversations around solutions.

In addition, we field on-the-ground research to generate new insights into players, audiences, and industry. Research continues to demonstrate that old stories about what kinds of gaming and leisure people undertake is a fast moving target. Part of what AnyKey seeks to do is provide up-to-date, data-driven interventions to understanding what participation in esports can, and could, look like with an eye toward issues of equity and vibrant participation across diverse communities.

For the fair and inclusive future of gaming.

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