Warhammer 40K Creators Game Studio issued a statement earlier today outlining its zero tolerance policy for hate groups in officially recognized events. “Empire is driven by hatred. Warhammer is not,” the post began, then explained the difference between its game settings and the behavior that is actually acceptable in community activities.
The zero tolerance policy for hate groups does not necessarily need to be elaborated, but Games Workshop’s statement indirectly cited the recent Spanish Warhammer 40K Championship.
Hatred has absolutely no place in our hobbies. https://t.co/9ioLfTw8BY #WarhammerCommunityNovember 19, 2021
The specific event is This post On the Spanish blog “El Descanso del Escriba”. All in all, individuals participating in the 800-man tournament in Talavera, Spain often participate in the competition under the nickname of an indirect reference to Adolf Hitler. He took part in the competition wearing a number of Nazi emblems, including the emblem of the 13th Armored Division, which committed many atrocities in Poland during World War II. Any participant who refuses to play with him will be punished by the organizer, who refuses to ask the individual in question to leave.
The selection and penetration of subcultures by neo-Nazis is a long-standing problem.The dead Kennedys offered a Eloquent response By their appearance in the punk world in 1981, and Heavy metal community It has always been a safe haven for neo-Nazis and others. Wargaming has been working hard to solve this problem Earliest days, Players in the 1960s had been suspicious of taking sides in World War II games and created magazines such as the “Fourth Empire”.This is also Not the first time This question is about the warhammer itself.
Warhammer 40K, just like those old wargames, is particularly vulnerable to this potential wooing by hate groups due to its fictitious nature. 40K presents a deliberate, almost naughty, absurd and cold scene. Most of its fantasy is focused on a distant future “human empire”, where life may be dirty, barbaric and short-lived, but at least it looks It looks like heavy metal album art. The 40K unpopular neo-Nazi fan base seems to have either missed it or just doesn’t care that the fictional environment they choose is deliberately mocking them. Games Workshop chose to clarify in its statement that this is a satirical novel, claiming that “the human empire is a cautionary tale of what will happen if humanity’s worst desire for power and extreme, stubborn xenophobia arise.”
This is an admirable statement of purpose by Games Workshop, and its intentions are well supported by a specific zero tolerance policy. Although the post did not clearly identify Nazis or fascists, it did illustrate the consequences of “any form of prejudice, hatred, or abuse in our company or Warhammer hobby.”
“If you participate in a Games Workshop event or store and do the opposite [of “shared values of mutual kindness and respect”], Including wearing the logo of a real-world hate group, you will be asked to leave. We will not let you participate. We don’t want your money. We don’t want you to enter the Warhammer community,” the statement continued.
Games Workshop finally called on independent event organizers to do the same and support the organization of safe and inclusive gatherings.