GamerGate Meeting Evacuated After Bomb Threat

A GamerGate meeting was evacuated in Washington, D.C., today after a bomb threat was supposedly announced on Twitter. The account which made the announcement has since been deleted, but the controversial gathering was disrupted in the resulting police activity.

The group has been accused of attacking women and minority groups throughout the gaming industry, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, though there is no evidence they have attacked anyone. It all started when it was allegedly believed that female gaming journalists were sleeping with developers to get exclusive stories.

The controversy hasn’t ended. GamerGate has been considered a barrier to keep gaming journalism impartial and ethical, and others disagree. It mostly depends on who you side with, apparently.

A gathering of gamers involved with the group had used means other than Twitter for communication, as they met at a Washington, D.C., bar. The GamerGate meeting had been evacuated with what at first seemed to be a fire drill, says Kotaku, but the instant they left the building, it became a little clearer what was happening.

One bomb threat had come via a tweet from what appears to be a Russian user, due to its use of the Cyrillic alphabet for a name. It is unclear if police were acting on this particular message or something else entirely.

Some have pinned the blame for the bomb threat on liberal feminists. It is unknown exactly who was behind the bomb threat on the first U.S. gathering for the group.

GamerGate bomb threat may have come from a tweet
Alleged GamerGate bomb threat tweet mirrors what happened at the meeting.

It is unknown who caused the GamerGate meeting to be evacuated, but the message was clear enough. The group is not going to have an easy time organizing a gathering.

[Image via Joe Raedle / Getty Images, Kotaku]