The writer of 80 Days and Sunless Skies, Meg Jayanth, took to the stage at this year’s GDC Independent Games Festival to both self-aggrandize her accomplishments and to condemn #GamerGate while blaming gaming culture for the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand.
The Quartering posted up a tweet to a snippet taken from the near three hour long IGF awards ceremony, where Jayanth spent about two minutes on the topic to drive the point home. You can view the clip below, which was posted up on March 20th, 2019.
For tomorrows video. (make sure you’re subscribed to my youtube channel https://t.co/beLUNfKwVH) This absolute moron stands on the dead bodies of christ church to blame “gamer gate” while propping herself up at the GDC Independent Games Festival…C U Next Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/kYiD080HQv
— TheQuartering (@TheQuartering) March 21, 2019
If you’re unable to view the clip, Jayanth states…
“I have always found it a little strange that the year my community – this community – chose to give an IGF award to a game that was anti-colonialist, anti-racist, unabashedly feminist, pointedly diverse, and, well, written by an Indian woman, was also the same year that our audiences were engulfed by GamerGate. And it felt, at that time, as if we rejected that campaign of hatred. But it’s actually never felt closer to me right now.
“A mutated strain of that poison that made video games its testing ground, has bubbled up in Christchurch, New Zealand. It fueled a monster who went to a mosque with murder in his heart and if we don’t utterly, and vocally, and wholly reject these people, and Nazis, and fascists, and white supremacists, then we are inviting them in.
“If we make room for them, then there is no room for anyone else. And what we represent here tonight, must stand in opposition to them, and we have to do it together. But rejecting hate is only half the battle. The other half of the battle, in its way, much harder, it is: how do we make people feel welcome? How do we keep them safe and happy, as well as whole?”
You can watch the full conference with Jayanth’s segment at the 30 minute mark in the Twitch video below.
Obviously, Jayanth found support in other fellow developers, such as Eline Muijres who is a board member on Games 4 Diversity and also works on projects from the Vienna, Austria indie studio, Mi’pu’mi Games.
Meg Jayanth opens the @igfnews Awards show stating that we as a game community should take a stand against the hate and racism that fueled gamergate and ultimately, the Christchurch shooter. #IGF #igfawards #GDC19 pic.twitter.com/EUTvR1a6Bf
— Eline Muijres 🤜 GDC ✨ (@ElineMuijres) March 21, 2019
This isn’t the first time that #GamerGate has been blamed for the Christchurch, New Zealand shooting.
Other activists posing as journalists have also tried to position #GamerGate as the catalyst that metastasized into the cultural impetus that allowed Christchurch to take place. In short, journalists have been blaming #GamerGate for the shooting.
This is despite the fact that there is literally zero links, ties, or any sort of correlating evidence to support the shooter had anything to do with #GamerGate.
Nevertheless, we get a good look at the fact that many developers within the gaming industry hate their own audience. They continue to call them “Nazis” and “white supremacists” and continue to blame #GamerGate for every ill that happens in society. The fact that all those independent developers within that conference room cheered as Rayanth threw the gaming community under the bus should throw up red flags to every gamer out there.
(Thanks for the news tip Lyle and Blaugast)