Game Developers Conference revokes Atari co-founder, Nolan Bushnell's award; he applauds GDC's stand

While Hollywood, sports, and Silicon Valley are thriving with stories of #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, the latter not so much maybe; the gaming world either has been oblivious to the situation or it chooses to be one.

Nolan Bushnell. Reuters.

Nolan Bushnell. Reuters.

But, finally, taking cognisance of the situation, Game Developers Conference (GDC) has withdrawn the Pioneer award which Nolan Bushnell was due to receive for his contribution to the gaming industry.

Known as “the father of video gaming industry” he has applauded GDC's decision and has apologised for inappropriate behaviour in the past.

According to The Verge, Nolan was due to receive the award. This created a host of criticism coming out from Twitteratis. #NotNolan was the trending hashtag.


Reportedly, Bushnell had created an environment in Atari, the company he co-founded, which was nothing short of impenetrable bro-culture. Pervasive sexism was not only rampant in the way they dealt, but also the way they treated women in the company.

So much so, that when talking about a female employee named Darlene, whose name was used for a gaming code as well, Bushnell had reportedly said in a Playboy interview that Darlene “was stacked and had the tiniest waist.”

This has created a crack in the video-gaming industry which has seen maximum representation by men over the years.

Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 10:40 AM