Want to show your support for more welcoming and diverse gaming communities?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.