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GamerGate is still interfering with events

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I keep hoping that the GamerGate drama of last year will be replaced by a new scourge of the gaming industry. But instead, there’s now news that death threats have caused a company to withdraw from PAX East.

Brianna Wu ended up at the center of the GamerGate controversy last year, receiving multiple death threats as well as a ton of harassment. Her game studio, Giant Spacekat, was booked to have a stand at PAX East this year, as they’ve had for the past two years. However, the decision was made by the team to withdraw from the expo this year.

I’ve have very difficult conversations with my husband about standing up to Gamergate, despite the death threats. We don’t have children, and we feel strongly enough about this issue to accept this risk. Our lives are our own, this is our choice.

I cannot and will not make that choice for the people I work with… After talking to them, I made the decision to prioritize the safety of Giant Spacekat’s employees. Specifically, we have chosen to withdraw our presence from the Pax East 2015 Expo Hall, due to a concern that in a crowd of such a volume expected at PAX, the safety of our team can not be guaranteed.

While Wu will still be attending her panel discussions and other bookings, the company will not be represented on the show floor. Of course, as is usually the situation in these instances, some people may raise a variety of questions about this move. If you are wondering if it’s a PR stunt, or why she’s still attending her panels, or why she isn’t talking to the police, Wu has an answer for you here.

At most of these massive events, I didn’t even have time to visit the smaller stands. It’s such a whirlwind that unless there is a booking with a particular studio, it just doesn’t happen. Still, for many smaller companies it’s exposure at these enormous expos that really puts them on the map; that’s exposure that Giant Spacekat will miss out on due to death threats. Even if the studio is awful and makes lame games, they should be allowed to show their wares without fear of murder, just like all the other developers.

Last Updated: February 20, 2015


  1. BottledWater

    February 20, 2015 at 19:27

    A professional victim trying to distract people from her terrible game.


  2. hurin

    February 20, 2015 at 19:29

    Are you still reporting this basket case delusions as fact? Recently she harassed herself on steam but forgot, she was still logged in as developer.

    The reason she doesn’t wan’t to show her game is, that people would laugh at it.


  3. JustAnotherGamer

    February 20, 2015 at 19:37

    I stopped reading when I saw “Brianna Wu”. Why are people still writing about this idiot/professional victim/crazy person.


  4. Lars Anderson

    February 20, 2015 at 20:00

    This woman is deluded. She’s making stuff up at this point.


  5. Ldude893

    February 20, 2015 at 20:56

    Proof? Evidence? Anything to confirm that Gamergate is actually sending threats to her, or that any threats she’s receiving are coming from Gamergate?
    Hell, any threats at all?


  6. mike hawk

    February 20, 2015 at 21:47

    If Wu is to be believed, everyone is mad at her because of the vagina that she doesnt have. Seriously, she needs mental help not more media attention.


  7. JustAnotherGamer

    February 21, 2015 at 10:12

    Do you know what’s funny, when you look at her character designs, it’s not that different to character designs of females that anti-gamer feminazis tend to moan about. Big boobs, highly unrealistic proportions.

    And this coming from Brianna Wu, extreme feminist? This makes me think the whole anti-gamergate thing is just an easy way for talentless hacks (like Wu) to create hype or to market their games. Controversy sells. I will be happy when gaming in general is free from these anti-gamer man-hating professional victim idiots.


  8. Cobretti

    February 21, 2015 at 12:12

    Still treating that mental case like he’s:
    – Not insane.
    – An actual game developer.
    – Relevant to the industry.
    – A woman.
    – Being persecuted for being a strong feminist womyn.

    It’s like you are actively trying to sabotage your own credibility.


  9. Travi the Batman

    February 21, 2015 at 14:17

    Zoe. She is completely and utterly insane. She sends herself harassment messages and creates threads about herself to spark controversy. She is a professional victim who is making money out of controversy. Don’t believe me?http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/911071-gamergate
    Please stop reporting about her.


  10. Michael P

    February 21, 2015 at 16:34

    Professional victim acts like professional victim. More news at 11.


  11. bans

    February 21, 2015 at 19:06

    “Wielding my lasso of truth” hahaha this is a joke, right? The truth is one thing missing in most games media presently.

    PAX will be a better place without the bigoted brianna wu. Her game got roundly slated by the vast majority of steam users, I’m pretty sure this has something to do with her none attendance.


    • Darren Peach

      February 22, 2015 at 15:02

      Hey Man. You do realise that you come across as threatning to the author of this article and it kinda validates the arguement of misogyny whether intentional or not ?


      • Stan Smith

        February 22, 2015 at 16:52

        Are we calling any critique towards females misogyny now?


        • Darren Peach

          February 22, 2015 at 17:16

          Nope, Only when it’s posted on a article written by a lady about……Gamergate. On a human level, Why the need to be so aggressive given the context ?


          • bans

            February 22, 2015 at 21:59

            The author needs to validate her facts, she is assuming death threats and harassment are coming from gamergate, with no evidence. It is irrelevant the author is a woman, unless you see that as a special case? So who is the misogynist again?

          • Darren Peach

            February 23, 2015 at 06:04

            Here we go. Given the fact that you quoted the authors summary or description of herself, You automatically made a assumption simply because the article was based on gamergate. Ironically, People who argue for Gamergate think they will be perceived as misogynist for doing so and I understand that frustration, You are doing the exact same thing to the author. Guilty just for writing a article about the subject ? I was just making a observation about your comment with no malice. I just think this sort of change is inevitable but I doubt that will have any impact on our gaming taste and likes. If anything, It will diversify our hobby and that can only be a good thing. Also, You will always have the ability to make a choice about what you buy.

          • hurin

            February 23, 2015 at 19:20

            Gamers are already the most diverse people on the planet. And the SJW’s can go to hell and take their ‘white mans burden’ with them.

          • bans

            March 1, 2015 at 13:34

            Hello Darren, The thing is she IS assuming gamergate is guilty of said harassment and basing her article on that opinion, and even presenting it in a matter of fact way. I will call out any journo who makes these fallacious links between GG and death threats without providing evidence. It would appear these threats were aimed AT gamergators and not Wu. I am sorry if my previous comments sounded disrespectful or rude, I’m just getting sick of the constant slander and lies aimed at GG’ers.

      • bans

        February 22, 2015 at 21:51

        Hahahah…nice one….


        • Darren Peach

          February 23, 2015 at 06:16

          Given the credibility issues on both sides pertaining to this developer wih the apparent self abuse on steam and knowing that members of Gamergate have forged things in Photoshop, I am not comfortable taking sides on this issue.


          • bans

            February 23, 2015 at 11:41

            fair comment.

  12. JustAnotherGamer

    February 22, 2015 at 09:03

    Here’s Ralph’s take on this – http://theralphretort.com/infamous-nutter-brianna-wu-caught-spread-sarin-gas-lie-about-gamergate-2021015/

    Brianna Wu has been creative with the truth again.


  13. jlenoconel

    February 22, 2015 at 12:52

    I am not aware of any death threats sent to Wu from GamerGate. Why is this article automatically believing everything she has to say? I know there was that one guy who wanted to street race Brianna, but he wasn’t a part of GamerGate.


    • Stan Smith

      February 22, 2015 at 16:47

      Because the “progressive” gaming news outlets like gamasutra and polygon will report on anything that promotes their agenda, even if it’s a blatant lie.

      You know how big of an influence media has on people. Those who cannot do some fact-checking and think critically about what they read, conform with whatever agenda the media has.


  14. Darren Peach

    February 22, 2015 at 14:57

    I read some of the threats. Very dodge indeed. Needs to stop cause some idiot will eventually go too far…….


    • hurin

      February 23, 2015 at 19:29

      I assume you mean this one.

      I see two problems with it. It makes no mention of GamerGate, so why is Wu blaming GG for this? And screncapped after only 7 minutes? Only way that could happen is if Wu was using Twitter at the time, or if Wu sent them himself.


      • Darren Peach

        February 23, 2015 at 22:39

        I read others. You win. I am wrong. Lets just leave it there.


        • hurin

          February 24, 2015 at 06:59

          I am sorry if I come off as aggressive. But from a gamer perspective, what has happened is that outsiders have come in, demanding that we change our hobbies, and accusing us of being evil woman haters for resisting change we see as unnecessary.


  15. Guest

    February 22, 2015 at 15:40

    Adam . I can see what your saying… Rebecca `s rep0rt is flabbergasting, on sunday I got a top of the range Chevrolet since getting a cheque for $6479 thiss month and-a little over, 10k last month . without a doubt its the most-comfortable job Ive had . I started this nine months/ago and almost straight away was bringing home over $84, per hour .

    see it here…_ HELPING LINK


  16. Plebosaurus

    February 22, 2015 at 23:09

    While Wu will still be attending her panel discussions and other bookings, the company will not be represented on the show floor. Of course, as is usually the situation in these instances, some people may raise a variety of questions about this move. If you are wondering if it’s a PR stunt, or why she’s still attending her panels, or why she isn’t talking to the police, Wu has an answer for you here.

    So. Wait. Lemme get this straight. She can attend panels and other events which do not require a reservation for a spot on the show floor. Yet she cannot go to Pax but she is going but really kinda not because…. something….. something…. death threats.

    I’m calling bullshit. Sounds exactly like that time she had to leave her house due to death threats had to attend a conference.

    Somebody who does not cry wolf all the time would be more believable.


  17. Spy Master Tokashi

    February 23, 2015 at 07:36

    Really? Do you really believe her? Are our gaming news reports so gullible?


  18. Mike De Fleuriot

    February 23, 2015 at 07:58

    Fact is these women are giving gaming women a bad name. But at least this is only an American problem, the rest of the world gets along just fine with their men and women.


  19. TheTelenation .

    February 26, 2015 at 13:18

    The ‘threats’ weren’t even aimed at her! They were aimed at pro gamer gaters! The threats said they would use nerve gas to ‘kill every fucking pro GG gamer in the place’

    When she found out she deleted her tweets because why accept you’re wrong when there is so much sand to put your head in.
    She claims these environments are dangerous but then openly hires fucking thugs to ‘crush gamer skulls’, she sent herself harassment in an attempt to garner further attention.
    She says she wont rely on gamer cliches like violence but than has violence in her game, she critisizes female character design that is even slightly attractive under the thought police of ‘anti male gaze’ but then has (although poorly done) the same style of design.
    Big eyes, small noses, thin waists and large busts, also skimpy outfits.

    She’s is an attention seeking idiot who’s game can’t stand on it’s own merit (seriously, xbox live indie on a slow day looks better) so she has to play the ‘woe is womyn’ card.


  20. Zampano Poniatovii

    March 5, 2015 at 18:52

    If Brianna Wu doesn’t strike you as pure plutonium in the credibility department by now, I have serious concerns for the state of your mental health. Anyone who looks at that woman and doesn’t run screaming is probably just as much of a borderline personality disorder as she is.


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