Kotaku’s editor-in-chief is on a crusade against publisher Valve, accusing the company of stealing her idea for the company’s new gaming platform and using it to further the company as a whole.
In an email sent Wednesday, Kotaku senior writer and game developer Emily Kohler wrote that the game developer behind the upcoming Steam-owned games publisher-owned title “Injustice: Gods Among Us” has received several threatening phone calls and a personal attack from a Valve employee in her office.
“He calls me a liar, a coward, a piece of shit, and a fraud,” Kohler said in the email.
He said if he ever saw them again, he would shoot them all. “
He said he’s going to take my son and his friends to war.
He said if he ever saw them again, he would shoot them all.
And he said, ‘My boy, you’ve got to go now.'”
Kohler is a freelance game developer, having created games like “Lane 2,” “Leverage,” and “Venture” and was a finalist in the 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards for “Best New Developer.”
She was also the winner of a 2012 Game Developers Conference award for her work on “Venturing” in which players are sent on a journey to create their own virtual universe.
She said the harassment she has received over the past week has been frightening, and she feels like she’s on a collision course with the world of game development.
“The first time I heard about these threats, I was so shocked and I was like, ‘What is this?
Is this happening?
Is it real?
“So I wrote this article, which is called ‘I Don’t Want to Die Alone.’ “
“”I just wanted to share this with you because I felt like if I don’t have the tools to protect myself, I don´t want to live. “
I don`t want my kids to have to deal with this. “
“I just wanted to share this with you because I felt like if I don’t have the tools to protect myself, I don´t want to live.
I don`t want my kids to have to deal with this.
I didn’t know what to say. “
When I told my family about the threats, they were horrified.
I didn’t know what to say.
I thought it was just a joke, like I was playing a joke.
They weren’t even aware that this was happening.
They were like, whoa, you have to be kidding me.
They thought it is so funny.””
So, I wrote an article and started a Facebook page.
I sent people the news and I just wrote my story.
I had a lot of people on there that were like oh, she’s just being silly, but it really made a difference,” Kohls message continued.
Kohlers personal experience has been similar.
She said she received numerous threats from a man in her neighborhood in California who threatened to “kill the kids” if they played her game “The Adventures of Lila” because it features a female character.
The game was released in March and was released to critical acclaim, and Kohler was also awarded the 2016 Game Developers’ Choice Award for her game.
“I really hope this will be a warning to everyone else that these kinds of threats can happen,” Kohles message continued, noting that she is working on an article for the New York Times.
“This is not the first time someone has threatened to kill me.
I’m so sorry.
I have no idea how they are doing it.
They need to get a clue.
They are not smart enough to do this on their own.”
The threats that Kohler has received have been threatening and harassing.
Kohler received an email on Feb. 7 threatening to “cut off my head and burn it down” if she ever talked about her experiences.
On Feb. 13, she received an anonymous email from an unknown sender saying she would be “cut up and burned alive” if he didn’t want to work with her.
The email included a photo of her head, which Kohler told the Washington Post is a representation of her face.
The threats and harassing also prompted her to share her personal experiences with depression, a mental health issue that has been on her radar since she was 13.
She told Kotaku in March that her depression has been a lifelong battle and that she hasn’t been able to tell her children the truth about her condition, something Kohler believes is being concealed from her by Valve.
Koklers Facebook page has been flooded with messages of support for her and the threats she has faced.
“You are brave to write this article.
I can’t thank you enough for speaking out against these hate crimes.
It is not a good thing to do,” Kotaku game reviewer Andrew Kirell wrote.
“Your courage is inspiring. Thank