The video game industry is notorious for its gender imbalance, but women in the gaming world have always been a part of its community.
But it turns out that the gaming industry has its own problems, too.
For the past year, a group of women have started a petition on Change.org calling for the removal of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from all platforms, including consoles and mobile phones.
This is because the game’s depiction of the Witcher’s history and the fact that it features a woman as the lead character in the game have caused “grave” gender-based stereotypes to surface in the series, the petition states.
The petition, which was created in the wake of the release of the film The Witcher, was signed by over 4,000 women, with some claiming that it was a way for the game to “protect” women from their own prejudices and assumptions.
In the petition, women also said that the game makes them feel “unsafe” in the real world and that they have a harder time in games, in part because of the depiction of women in gaming.
It also said, “the inclusion of women onscreen is problematic, as it leads to a reduction in the amount of space and attention available to women in video games, and creates a barrier to women’s voice in the media, as well as a decrease in visibility of women and people of color in games and media.”
The petition is also calling on the game developer CD Projekt Red to remove all of the playable female characters from the game, and the game publisher to remove from all of its upcoming projects, such as The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
The Witcher 3 is a role-playing game that was released for PlayStation 4 and PC on September 30, 2019, and is based on the book of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
The game was praised for its immersive, open world and “unapologetically feminist” theme.
The developers at CD Projeckt Red have responded to the petition on Twitter and in a statement.