It was bound to happen sooner or later.
GamersGate has been around for quite some time… nearly a decade to be exact. It’s a digital distribution portal for PC games. You go there to buy games and have fun and sometimes interact with people of all varying types of racial diversity, sexual orientation, creeds, nationalities and regions. Because, you know, the gaming community is diverse. Well, GamersGate has been receiving “threats” and “harsh words” from those who got the name confused with the hashtag consumer revolt known as #GamerGate.
The hilarity ensued when GameZone spotted GamersGate making a Facebook post to address the harassment they’ve received from people who are opposed to #GamerGate, likely due to all the media spin happening at the moment. CEO Theodore Bergqvist stated the following…
“Announcement: GAMERSGATE.COM is NOT Gamergate!
“As many of you are aware of, recently there has been a fierce and infected discussion about sexism as well as journalistic ethics in the gaming industry. We’ve received threats and harsh words from around the world and want to make it clear for everyone that Gamersgate.com is not part of this controversy whatsoever.”
The interesting thing about it is that anyone contacting GamersGate in confusion with #GamerGate with abuse and threats kind of proves the opposite of what the other side has been saying: people opposed to #GamerGate are just as vile as the people they claim to be levying their vileness against.
The abuse has apparently been so bad that Bergqvist has requested people share the post, also noting that they have some sales in store to celebrate 10 years in the business, writing…
“Next year Gamersgate.com celebrate our 10th anniversary and since start we have been selling games for download. We are one of the original download platforms and we do our best to support gamers so that they can buy and download games to good prices. Anytime, anywhere.”
That’s good news… about the deals and the 10th anniversary; not the harassment or threats.
This does offer an intriguing perspective on how harassment and abuse has only been reported on in the media to paint #GamerGate in the worst way possible. I’m curious how many sites will pick up and appropriately report on how GamersGate was the target of harassment by those who don’t like #GamerGate?