SXSW Drops Game Culture And Harassment Panels Over Threats
The threats are being dubbed the work of Gamergate, but that's besides the point.By Leah Becerra | October 27, 2015
After receiving threats, South by Southwest’s Interactive arm has canceled two panels addressing gaming culture and harassment in gaming. (Video via South by Southwest)
Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive director, wrote: "If people cannot agree, disagree and embrace new ways of thinking in a safe and secure place that is free of online and offline harassment, then this marketplace of ideas is inevitably compromised." (Video via The Poynter Institute)
Forrest didn’t specifically cite who made the threats, only that they warned of on-site violence. That hasn’t kept people from labeling this cancellation a win for the Gamergate community.