A Destiny 2 player who engaged in doxxing and harassment of a Bungie community manager has been held accountable, with a court ordering them to pay nearly $500,000 in damages and fees. This serves as a powerful example of dealing with the consequences when one engages in inappropriate behavior.
The official court order from Washington State, shared on Twitter by paralegal Kathryn Tewson, sheds light on the actions of Jesse James Comer. Tewson described him as a “racist individual,” and rightly so. Comer started a malicious campaign after Bungie’s community manager highlighted the work of a talented Black Destiny 2 creator.
After working with MANY reputable professionals to identify the cause, a racist shitstain by a man named Jesse James Comer, we filed a complaint in King County Superior Court to hold him accountable for the damages suffered by Bungie for his sociopathic behavior.
— Kathryn Tewson (@KathrynTewson) July 12, 2023
According to court documents, Comer, who lives in West Virginia, resorted to adding a new number to an anonymous calling and texting service. Using this number, they left a nasty, bigoted voicemail on what was believed to be a Bungie employee’s personal phone. Comer’s alarming requests include promoting game options that only harm characters of color. Shockingly, Comer escalated this aggression to the Bungie employee’s spouse by leaving equally aggressive and racist voicemails.
However, Comer’s reprehensible behavior did not stop there. Showing a complete disregard for boundaries, they escalated the harassment by revealing knowledge of the Bungie employee’s address. In a despicable move, Comer ordered a pizza from Domino’s, selecting the “cash on delivery” option. To ensure the most trouble, they ordered the delivery driver to knock at least five times because the recipient was wearing headphones.
To make matters worse, Comer shamelessly bragged about their actions in a Steam group known as “terr0rgang.” This group, which facilitates terror campaigns, makes sound files labeled “ear rape” available to members. Just two hours after the pizza was delivered to the Bungie employee and their spouse, Comer attached these audio files to the voicemails.
As outlined in the court order, Bungie was forced to take expensive measures to protect its employees from Comer, who remained anonymous and anonymous at the time. The company immediately sent in “executive protection” after the pizza incident and even hired investigators and external legal counsel to identify the culprit.
The consequences of Comer’s actions finally caught up with them, as the court order ordered that they pay the price. This result has great importance, not only for Bungie and its employees but also for victims of online harassment in general. Tewson aptly stated on Twitter, “The legal process can be slow, often lagging behind technological and cultural advances. However, with this victory, we have made significant progress in bridging that gap. “
Let this serve as a strong warning to all individuals who engage in racist behavior within the realm of video games: Be prepared to face the consequences and be held accountable for your actions.