Wednesday, October 28, 2015

OPINION: SXSW is Wrong to Cancel Panels Due to GamerGate Fears, And May Be Hurting Itself

On Tuesday, SXSW canceled a pair of gaming-related panels scheduled for the 2016 festival, citing the significant threats of violence the festival received if certain panels were to remain on the schedule. READ MORE: Marc Webb On How Video Games Taught Him to Make Films One of those panels, "Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games," was a target of hostility from the moment it appeared on the radar of certain internet groups, including r/KotakuInAction, one of the digital havens for the "GamerGate" group often associated with online harassment. The other panel, "Save Point," billed itself as a discussion of "ethics in gaming journalism" — a...

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