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If you have even done as much as to glance momentarily at the news lately you will have seen stories that have been splashed across all the major newspapers and outlets; the harassment of prominent figures surrounding the #GamerGate scandal. It seems that everyone from MSNBC, CBS, The Guardian, the Washington Post and the New York Times have all spoken out against the harassment, doxxing and death threats of several key figures supporting the shut down of this movement, such as Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn and most recently the threat of a school massacre caused by a scheduled appearance from Anita Sarkeesian.

What you probably didn’t see was the doxxing, harassment and death threats sent to the people  on the other side of this argument over censorship and collusion in the media, those supporting #GamerGate. Don’t adjust your screens, that was correct, this harassment actually goes both ways. The Pro-GamerGate victims of this abuse are very much alive and out there, they are just hidden from the mainstream media’s vast outreach. User based content on YouTube, Twitter, and personal blogs such as Tumblr have done their part to tell the story, but this coverage certainly doesn’t compete with the visibility of these larger platforms. However, harassment of people supporting #GamerGate is wide spread, key figures of this abuse are GG feminist who was doxxed multiple times for her charity drive, and Boogie, a YouTuber with almost 2million subscribers, who received doxxing and death threats towards him and his wife for the views he has expressed.

#GamerGate Harassment

This harassment is disturbing for all those involved and is harmful to the gamer community. While the vast majority of these attacks on both sides are carried out by third party internet trolls, such as the Brazilian journalist who was caught by #GamerGate supporters for sending death threats to Anita Sarkeesian, it is disruptive and prevents safe discourse from opening up between the two groups so that they can come to a mutually beneficial consensus on the issues at large.

Both sides have reported and condemned this harassment and all the forms it comes in, whether it’s doxxing and death threats or even twitter and YouTube comments, so it is clear that working together on this is the best way to bring down the harassers.

Firstly, if you are harassed, threatened or doxxed in anyway, posting the metadata online can help others to find the culprit. You can find out how to do that here. This can really help people bait and search for harassers through their IP addresses. The more people get caught for this kind of behaviour the less we will see of it. While internet trolls remain anonymous they care little for their actions. Seeing real consequences for their conduct will help.

If you see a threat or a doxx towards someone else you should report it immediately. This means either reporting it to the site administrator, downvoting and otherwise trying to hide the comment to decrease its visibility. If you see obvious attempts at trolling i.e an 8chan user writing a hateful comment and then using it as an example of hate speech, who has the same ID number, then screenshot this highlighting the evidence so they can be called out for it. Many gamers have already been tackling the threats in this manner, such as the measures taken by 8chan users to bury the recent doxxing of Zoe Quinn before administrators could deal with it.

#GamerGate anti-bullying charity

Importantly, you need to make your voice heard. Cry out loud that you and thousands of others like you will not stand for this harassment. Many people forget how important it is to show others that you are not interested in and will not stand for this kind of abusive. A strong collective voice will help silence the abusers.

The harassment needs to end before both sides can open up truthful discussion about the real issue here, which is of course corruption in journalism in case you had already forgotten. Once we move past this, the floor will be opened up to all the people fearful of speaking out in case of retribution. These news sources should be able to report on the eerie silence of #GamerGaters within the mainstream media, they should be speaking of the collusion between developers and journalists in the gaming industry, and ways in which we can encourage more females into the gaming and development industries. They should not be writing about the harassment and death threats being sent to many prominent gamers and critics, because there should not be any to write about.

Edit: The original article stated that GG Feminist was doxxed because of her letter to Kotaku, however, I’ve since been informed that it predated this letter and was actually because of her charity drive.


Georgina Young

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British girl, currently in Japan. Surviving on a diet of retro games. Worshiping the god that is the Sega Megadrive. I like Nintendo.



  • NorBdelta

    Excellent piece. It is such a shame sensationalized news sells the best 🙁

  • Shenanigans930

    The double standards displayed by the Anti GamerGate side are just mindblowing.

  • Kuroi

    Solid advice. Harassment and threats in all forms should be condemned and reported. However, there’s a couple problems. The first, as you pointed out, is that much of this harassment is coming from 3rd party trolls. The second is the anti-gamergate side has a vested interest in continuing the harassment. Both as a tool to silence critics, and as a smokescreen to distract from the actual issue of journalistic integrity.

  • JaydeFox

    Great article Georgina.

  • jakobxavier

    Nice article, good to learn new methods by which we can help root out harassers. But I have 3 major concerns:

    Firstly, the skeptic in me wonders whether this will work. Every community has its trolls, and trolls are gonna be trolls. Despite public condemnation, football still has its hooligans, and society still has its criminals. You may reduce it, but ending ALL hooliganism/criminal activity/harassment will probably not be possible. Harassment has been going on long before #GamerGate, and will likely continue long after.

    Not saying we shouldn’t try stop harassment. But it strikes me as impractical to wait for all harassment to end before addressing the real issues of journalism ethics. Its like, say, waiting for all crime to end before addressing corruption among politicians.

    Which leads to the 2nd point. If corrupt politicians know that their corruption will remain unaddressed until all crime ends, what do you think they will do in response? Do their very best to fight crime? Or collude with the mafia to keep it ongoing and distract the public? In comparison, anonymous online harassment is far easier to falsify than crime. There are already clear cases of false flags going on.

    Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly of all. This plays right into the narrative being spun by the media we are fighting. Keep in mind #GamerGate spawned because of serious questions about breaches in journalism ethics. The media that we are fighting then tried to spin the movement as an organized hate campaign against feminist and their supporters. It can be clearly shown that (at least some) of the high profile harassment cases have nothing tying them to #GamerGate. But (some of) the media still blames #GamerGate anyway, trying to smear and discredit the movement, as a means of distracting public attention and deflecting criticisms.

    Along this line of reasoning, focusing on ending harassment (a task I am not sure can even be accomplished as per point 1 and 2) is also a distraction. Again, I am not saying we shouldn’t fight harassment when we see it, as we are currently doing. But that is not where the focus should be.

    Just my humble opinion.

  • coboney

    I do have a bit of a disagreement here with you. Every case that comes up and continues provides them proof they can use. You don’t want to give them that proof at all. Every time you stop one, every time you fix it a little more, you are sending your own narrative out there to those who bother to look. When they can see that you are actively policing people on the tags, fighting against harassment you make a much louder argument than any words can in your favour.

  • epy

    Posted in a predominantly antiGG site. Stayed civil, laughed at their hipocrisy. Great article.

  • lucben999

    Another problem I see is that they have a very loose definition of harassment (when it suits them).
    If you’re a public figure and you say something stupid and a thousand people reply “yo, that’s stupid” once each, it’s not really harassment, there’s no persecution, it’s just a large number of people reacting independently, making one comment and leaving it at that.

  • Alex

    Good read 😀

  • Kain Yusanagi

    While I agree with everything else, I can’t agree we “need to stop all the harassment” because of one simple thing: Stop trolls from trolling? Not gonna happen. Need to have legit discussion while dealing with them at the same time, not accept their stance of “fix the internet before we’ll talk”.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    Oh, definitely stop what we can. No bones about it. But the rediculous “stop all the harassment on the internet” concept they want from us is just untenable.

  • coboney

    Its impossible to stop everything without insane censorship agreed. What instead needs to happen is a cultural shift on the internet where people don’t believe anonymity grants them the right to act like jerks. And reporting everything you guys can and making it clear its not acceptable is a very good step down that line.

  • Kain Yusanagi

    That “cultural shift” needs to start with parents actually doing some fucking parenting, IMO.

  • Jambo

    Exactly. I have always ,maintained that the best thing you can do for society is raise responsible kids with a good moral compass.

  • Ncrdrg

    You need to correct your article. GGFeminist was not doxxed because she sent emails to Kotaku. She was doxxed because of the charity drive she did. She inadvertently let her address out there and someone managed to find it. Kotaku is not responsible for it whatsoever, she even insists on it in the link you gave. I do not like Kotaku but we have to get facts right here.

  • Offtopic: big fan of you after your appearance at HuffPostLive, have watched a few of you and Napoleon’s Let’s Play-videos since and found them good. Informative, fun, keep on doing what you do. Respect.

    Ontopic: I agree with mostly everything except for the last paragraph. The harassment will never end because that’s just how it is, and trying to hold it against a separate issue is silly imho. If Marylin Manson decided to not tour until he stopped getting death threats, he would never tour. If Frank Zappa had decided to stop writing music until nobody harassed him anymore, he would never have written any music. It’s a horrible issue on both sides, but opportunistic third parties and idiots on both sides will continue to fuel the flames and we’ll end up with never having a discussion.

    GamerGate has gone on long enough, it’s time for people to sit down and have a sensible discussion, not continue to fling shit. Milo, TotalBiscuit, Eric Kain and -especially- KingOfPol have been trying to make this happen, but -both- sides need to engage. One can’t postpone something infinitely.

  • Dr_Zox

    It’s awfully hard sometimes to complain to the admins when they are the ones that are corrupt.

    I had my account banned from Giant Bomb because I:
    1.) offered a respectful scepticism on Zoe Quinn’s claims (I didn’t insult her just brought up some questions about some of her statements) (didn’t bring up ex boyfriend thing)
    2.) Once I was temporarily banned for that I tried to have a conversation with the moderators about how my comments were not inappropriate. The moderators then banned me permanently for questioning them.

    I had my account Temporarily banned from Gameplanet.co.nz because I
    1.) again offered a respectful scepticism on Zoe Quinn when she claimed she had been hacked(didn’t even bring up the ex boyfriend thing)
    In response one of the editors accused me of touching myself, put my public details online and started harassing me and making all sorts of crap up about me
    -The moderators helped but then the Editor banned me

    Point being its hard to complain when the admins you are supposed to go to are the ones who have the problem

  • Why even give these people the clicks? The best way to fight them of get people to stop visiting them.

  • CrimsonEwok

    Nice article. It is hard to call you neutral(if you still are) with all the bad coverage GG has got =)(what I’m saying is you seem more like a friend of GG). I respect your stance though and I wish many will be able to follow your example. You are a gem among journalists and I look forward to reading the articles you write and I’m sure many here feel the same.

    Here is Georgina Young along with 2 GG supporters on huffington post if you have not seen it yet:

  • George on the Go

    I am a friend of GG. This is my current official stance. I do not support all of the things that GG stand for or do. However, I do support GG’s right to exist and I support their right to be treated truthfully and fairly in the media.

  • CrimsonEwok

    I’m just glad you have given fair coverage(It means alot. Thank you). Supporting something does not mean turning a blind eye to its short comings so I can respect that. The problem with GG is anyone can put it after a sentence so we don’t really know who is really causing trouble (GG,Anti-GG, or 3rd party trolls). At the heart of it what GG wants to change is nothing wrong. Simply advocating for the right for GG to exist or be covered fairly is something truly special. People like yourself give hope to a side that may other wise be silenced. Looking forward to more of your articles =).

  • destroy_all_monsters

    Short of annihilating the sjw movement in gaming and making these scumbags unemployable there is no reason to end anything. It is time to destroy their little clique and end the sjw hegemony over the media.