Atari, Nolan Bushnell, the founder, has “applauded” the decision, which means that you will not get a prize for the pioneering work on video games.
Mr. Bushnell was due to receive the prestigious Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in the month of March.
An outcry about his inappropriate sexual behavior has revealed in his autobiography, led to the award being withdrawn.
In a statement, Mr Bushnell said he agreed with the decision to ensure the GDC “reflects what is right”.’Wildly inappropriate’
Immediately after the GDC advisory committee has announced that Mr. Bushnell would be the recipient of the award, many of the industry game developers have taken to social media to express their concerns.
Have reported the story told to Mr. Bushnell, the autobiography, and in interviews he gave to Playboy, and others, in which he talked about his inappropriate behavior and sexually aggressive culture has encouraged the Atari.
Developer Brianna Wu has said the award to Mr Bushnell would be “wildly inappropriate” given that the #metoo movement had denounced and condemned such behavior in other areas.
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Dr. Gillian Smith, professor of computer science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, said: “While other sectors are moving away from the abusive and sexist behavior of powerful men, the GDC is giving a pioneer award for one of them.”
The protests led to the start of a #notnolan hashtag on Twitter that has been widely used by many people in the game industry, concerned about the GDC’s decision to honor Mr. Bushnell.
In his statement, Mr Bushnell said he supported the JUDGES decision because it has proven its desire to ensure that people were treated with respect in the workplace.
He added: “And if this means that a premium is the price that I have to pay the person, so that the entire industry could be more aware of and sensitive to these issues, I applaud.”
Mr. Bushnell issued an apology without reservations to any offensive behavior in which he, or anyone who worked with him had.