SXSW Pro And Anti-#GamerGate Panels Canceled After Threats

Yet the media is still blaming pro-#GamerGate.

On October the 26th, it was released by SXSW Interactive they would be canceling two panels at their 2016 event due to threats of on-site violence. Both panels were said to be GamerGate related, however each one was from a different side of the controversy. SXSW Interactive has issued this statement to give people some sight on its reasoning.

SXSW prides itself on being a big tent and a marketplace of diverse people and diverse ideas.

However, preserving the sanctity of the big tent at SXSW Interactive necessitates that we keep the dialogue civil and respectful. If people can not agree, disagree and embrace new ways of thinking in a safe and secure place that is free of online and offline harassment, then this marketplace of ideas is inevitably compromised.

Pro GamerGate’s “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” was to be hosted by The Open Gaming Society, a group that aims to unify the gaming community and give it a voice in the public domain. The panelists consisted of adult film star and engineer Mercedes Carrera, developer Nick Robalik who goes by the name @PixelMetal on Twitter and Lynn Walsh, an Emmy award-winning journalist. The Open Gaming Society has decided to continue with the panel from their own pocket.

While this is disheartening news there is a silver lining. The Open Gaming Society believes in open discussions and would like to announce our “Plan B.” We formed this plan almost immediately after we submitted the panel to SXSW. Though SXSW has cancelled the panel, we still plan to have a panel regardless. This has been a backup plan from square one and now we are forced to act on it. We will organize, fund, and host the panel ourselves. We plan to do so around the same time as SXSW to allow for the largest possible audience.

The anti-GamerGate panel “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games” was to be hosted by Randi Harper, who is most notable for creating the GGAutoBlocker. The panelists included Katherine Cross and Caroline Sinders. If you’re blocked by all of them, congratulations, you’re on the GGAutoBlocker.

It didn’t take long for the media to spin the old and tired narrative about a bunch of dead gamers though. As of right now, there have been at least 21 articles surrounding the SXSWs decision to cancel the two panels, as compiled on KotakuInAction. Many of which slant against GamerGate, some even going as far as to blame the consumer revolt for threatening their own panel. Yes, you read that correct.

The Verge:
Bits NYTimes:

That is certainly a lot of articles talking about a dead movement. It almost seems reminiscent of the Gamers are Dead articles and it’s connection to the secret GameJournoPros mailing list, but lets not start conspiracy theories here. After all, you don’t need to look to hard to find out who really didn’t want who speaking at SXSW. As TheRalphRetort reported, Arthur “It Ends Tonight” Chu was fully against supporters of GamerGate having their own panel. He was not the only one either.

9876577777It’s abundantly clear somebody really does not want to discuss ethics in game journalism. As the media and anti-GamerGate both double down thrice over on the narrative, they’ll have you believing the consumer revolt sent these threats on themselves. What they won’t tell you: This isn’t the first time somebody has threatened a pro-#GamerGate event.


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