This isn’t the most exciting page on our site, but it’s worth taking some time to find out about the guidelines we follow. They may be updated from time to time to reflect changes in legislation or feedback from our community. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Code of conduct
The gaming world is made up of many individual groups, and here at Gamely Giving we believe everyone is equal regardless of which of these groups they consider themselves to be a part of. All views are worthwhile and we’re interested in hearing them.
Understanding and tolerance are therefore essential: open and mature conversations can only enhance the industry making for even better experiences going forward, and we want to be a part of that. We respectfully ask our audience to bear in mind the following points before posting a comment on our site, social media channels or Twitch chat room.
|Be respectful||Think before you write. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and is welcome to comment if they don’t agree with the views expressed within our content; but please be respectful and don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see. They’ll ground you.|
|We won’t delete negative comments, and will instead respond in a constructive manner if we feel it’s appropriate to do so.|
|Format and audience||Try to post any comments clearly. Please don’t write in capitals or text-speak – it’s hard to read and people find it annoying!|
|Remember that the Gamely Giving site and associated channels are public forums, so if you wish to talk to us privately please send us an email.|
|Inappropriate behaviour||We won’t tolerate aggression and intimidation, and reserve the right to block anyone displaying such inappropriate behaviour from access to Gamely Giving.|
|Comments containing racist, sexist or homophobic remarks, personal abuse, libel, copyrighted material, excessive swearing, references to illegal activities or requests for pirated software will be removed.|
Anyone who believes a comment should be removed is urged to contact us, so we can follow up accordingly.
Full disclosure statement
Gamely Giving is a collaborative effort created by a group of friends. We don’t accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship or paid topic insertions, and it’s only right for us to disclose the following information.
|Sourcing video games and equipment||Digital access codes for video games are sent to us by developers and publishers so we can stream them as part of our events. However, the manner in which we receive software will never influence our opinions or content, and we will disclose the source within our content.|
|We’ll only accept items that will help us maintain our content (ie video games, consoles and peripherals). Other physical items provided and promotional items received will never be sold or traded; they will either be donated to Get-Well Gamers UK or used as a prize for a competition during one of our streams.|
|Crowdfunding campaigns||From time to time, members of the team may choose to back projects on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. This is done using their own money: their decision to back a campaign is a personal one.|
|Press events||To gather content and develop relationships with people within the gaming industry, we sometimes travel to events and meetings. We usually fund the cost of travel and accommodation ourselves but may accept these from the companies we’re working with – as long as the arrangements are relevant to what we need to cover. This flexibility allows our team to attend more events deliver more coverage throughout the year.|
|Affiliations and independence||We don’t receive compensation when hyperlinks found within our content are clicked, to maintain our independence. We simply provide this information to be helpful.|
|Donations to charity||Donations made during charity marathon streams are taken online via a platform such as BT MyDonate or JustGiving. We don’t see any of this money and nor would we want to: our aim is to raise as much funds and awareness as possible for the organisation. Playing awesome video games, meeting new people and making a positive impact on the world is all the benefit we need.|
|Competitions and giveaways||When we hold a giveaway, we draw a winner at random based on the entry rules specified in the content by tallying the number of entries and using the random number generator at random.org.|
|You can only enter once unless the content rules specify otherwise; and if you violate the rules, we’ll disqualify you (and your 40 aliases). We’re not responsible if an item gets lost in the post or is delivered to a wrong address, and once in a while we may have to substitute a prize of comparable value.|
We’re committed to providing our audience with a website that respects their privacy. We’re therefore open and transparent about the information we collect and will only gather personally-identifiable information when we have specific consent to do so. All personal data will be managed in accordance with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.
A cookie is a small piece of information that’s sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on the hard-drive, allowing them to recognise you. There are two types: session cookies that last until you leave the site, and persistent cookies which remain on your machine for much longer. Those shown in the picture are a lot more tasty but unfortunately don’t count in this situation.
Gamely Giving uses Google Analytics, which stores a persistent cookie on your hard-drive. Google uses this information about your use of the website and stored this on servers in the United States. We use the data to evaluate how readers use Gamely Giving and this is processed anonymously. It should be noted however that Google may transfer your information to third-parties if required to do so by law, or if the third-parties process the details on their behalf.
We’re committed to protecting your data from unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure and accidental loss. To do this we have a number of solutions and procedures in place; these are reviewed periodically to make sure they’re still effective and meet current best practice. We don’t rent, lease or sell your personal information to third-parties and will only disclose your details if we’re required to do so by law.
Team member policy
If you like what we’re doing and think you can dedicate time to live streaming and participating in charity events, why not consider becoming a member of Gamely Giving?
The gaming world is made up of many individual groups, and Gamely Giving believes that everyone is equal regardless of which of these groups they consider themselves to be a part of. All views are worthwhile and we’re interested in hearing them. Every member of the community is therefore invited to become a team member and all applications will be reviewed on their own merits.
If you’re interested in joining us, please send us an email containing your details and links to examples of your work. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with further information and we can take it from there. We look forward to hearing from you!