The Gamergate movement has been criticized as being all about attacking women in the video games industry. But supporters of Gamergate claim the anti-Gamergate members are attacking both female and LGBT Gamergate supporters in a similar fashion to what has been alleged by the other side.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Brianna Wu claims supporters of the GamerGate threatened her, hacked her, and forced her to leave her home.
Similarly, game critic and feminist author Anita Sarkeesian canceled a recent speaking engagement at Utah State University when she received an email from an unknown source claiming to be associated with Gamergate. The email allegedly promised “the deadliest school shooting in American history,” and threatened that Sarkeesian would “die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU.” But according to a release from Utah State Today the students were never in any danger.
“USU police, in conjunction with several teams of state and federal law enforcement experts, determined that there was no threat to students, staff or the speaker, so no alert was issued… Throughout the day, USU police worked to assess the level of threat with other local, state and federal agencies, including the Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center, the FBI Cyber Terrorism Task Force, and the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit. After a careful assessment of the threat, law enforcement officials determined that it was similar to other threats that Sarkeesian received in the past.”
Gamergate supporter Adam Baldwin disputes many of the claims made by both women. Baldwin believes the Gamergate movement is really about ethics in journalism and how progressive ideals are being embedded into the published articles of major gaming websites. Oddly enough, he has also noted that some of the gaming community under attack by anti-Gamergate supporters may in fact agree with their attackers in regards to ideology.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) October 18, 2014
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) October 18, 2014
The Gamergate movement has largely been described as being white males. While no one knows the exact demographics for certain, Gamergate supporters say there is a good percentage of fellow members who are female, non-white, and LGBT. The oddest accusation of all is that one of the Twitter handles run by the ISIS terrorist group even started tweeting in opposition of Gamergate. In addition, it’s claimed that at least 30 individuals have been harassed in various ways, and Gamergate supporters accuse the media of ignoring their plight.
For example, a transgender person named Alexandra Wuori was outed publicly and called over the phone. Wuori describes the experience, saying, ” I was pretty much shaking in my boots at this point.” Then a specific threat was made by the unknown caller.
“Do your family and friends know you’re trans? It looks like they don’t… Wouldn’t it be funny if someone called them up and outed you to all of them? Oh, oh! And what if they found out you’re a F***ING LOSER who bakes cookies for an imaginary cartoon character?! I’d bet they’d reeeaaally like that one! How would your parents react if they were told just how much of a pathetic, disgusting, loser the son they raised turned out to be?”
Essentially, Wuori was doxxed, which is the practice of publicly exposing someone’s real name or address on the Internet. The targets of doxxing typically don’t want their information online, and because of this, the Inquisitr will not publish their Twitter handles in order to prevent any further harassment.
For example, one woman was attacked on Twitter because “apparently I hate women because I’m a gamer.” When others suggest she out those attacking her, she replied, “I’m afraid of being doxxed, sorry. These people actively target who they consider ‘gender traitors’ or apostates.”
Other women were told by anti-GamerGate supporters that they had access to private data on their Facebook accounts, and demanded that they stopped tweeting in favor of Gamergate. Some of those who oppose Gamergate also could not believe that actual women could support Gamergate, and instead claimed they were men posing as women online.
There’s even stories of people calling the workplaces of Gamergate supporters in order to claim they are part of a hate group. As a consequence, it’s alleged the Gamergate supporters were fired from their jobs. One of these users tweeted about their situation.
“I’m on leave without pay until a decision is made on if I will continue employment at my company… Its a bit of mixed feelings from everyone involved, ones worried about public relations and more so the way I handled it.”
Just this past week, a woman claims her business with Amazon was blocked due to anonymous complaints. Amazon was allegedly withholding her income and she was trying to resolve the situation. Even on Saturday, October 18, she had multiple Twitter users harassing her with threats like “seriously hope you kill yourself you worthless thot” and “none of this would have happened if [name removed] had stayed in the kitchen.”
There have also been multiple death threats. For example, one Twitter user claimed the entire family was threatened.
“Just last night I deleted a youtube comment from a user who posted my home address and said he’d kill my wife and leave me to mourn.”
Another back and forth conversation involved an anti-Gamergate supporter saying, “I’m gonna stab you multiple times over if you don’t stop targeting defenseless women.”
The Twitter user then tweeted the Gamergate supporters’s home address and claimed he or she would “wait outside your house ’till you leave and blow out your brain. Going to go pick up my gun now. After I’m through, you won’t need a casket.”
The Gamergate supporter responded, “If you come onto my property I will kill you for trespassing, bury you in my yard, and go on with life.”
Needless to say, the amount of personal attacks involving Gamergate have continued to escalate. The question remains if Gamergate will result in positive changes overall, or if the cycle of attacks will escalate.
What do you think should be done to resolve the issues surrounding Gamergate?