Policy on Acceptable Games
The Indie Game Alliance prides itself on inclusivity of content, but even more so, on inclusivity of people. When those goals find themselves at odds, we have always sided with the people. As a result, we have in the past encountered certain material that our staff and volunteers were not comfortable presenting.
We wish it were easy to definitively say in black and white what is and isn't okay. The truth is, what is and isn't okay is different for everybody, so it's up to us all as a community to try to use good faith judgement to try and recognize the stuff that crosses the line when we see it. We believe games should celebrate diversity rather than bludgeon people with what makes them different. We support having fun with people, but not making fun of them. We support narratives that explore serious subjects in an appropriately serious manner. We're fine with tropes, but aren't okay with stereotypes. Fundamentally, we believe that everyone at the table should feel equally respected at all times, and any game that casts doubt on that respect that is going to give us pause.
We recognize that some material that IGA finds acceptable will still be controversial or upsetting to some. We also recognize that no material that IGA considers objectionable will offend 100% of people. With as many games as IGA supports, and the automatic nature of inclusion in the IGA database for games, it isn't possible for us to individually and manually vet every game in our database. We will never ask our volunteers or staff to present a game containing content with which they are not completely comfortable. We invite all members, Minions and other website users to draw our attention to any content with which they are not comfortable to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IGA does permit support of adult and adult-themed games, including games with adult language and those with art depicting nudity or sex acts. Minions will not present adult material in the presence of minors. This includes most conventions. IGA requires all of its Minions to be at least 18 years of age.
IGA staff will review any game containing adult material and may refuse any game at its discretion. IGA will not accept or promote any game that glorifies sexual violence, sexual assault, non-consentual sex, or sexual acts involving minors.
IGA will not support content that is deemed to be discriminatory or stereotypical toward any group, including but not limited to race, gender status, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. IGA will, on a case-by-case basis, evalulate material that depicts discrimination in a real-world historical context.
Intellectual Property Violations
IGA will not knowingly support content that violates the copyrights or trademarks of another entity.