Update: Brianna Wu spoke with MSNBC and CNN to discuss the issues surrounding the harassment of women involved in the gaming industry/community and to lets those who forced her from her home, she isn’t going away: “I will not be bullied out of this industry by some people that are this threatened by women that just want to sit here and make video games” Wu told CNN.
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The head developer for Boston based game development company Giant Spacekat was forced from her over online death threats made against her and her family via twitter.
Brianna Wu, who helmed Giant Spacekats latest game ‘Revolution60’ has been an outspoken critic of the ‘Gamergate’ movement including a editoral in Polygon detailing the rampant harassment that women in gaming endure on a regular basis. These current threats came after Wu tweeted images critical of the ‘Gamergate’ movement in which they responded with postings of her personal information laced with threats against her life and her family. Wu contacted police and moved to a secure location for the time being. These threats are now under investigation by local law enforcement and the F.B.I. ‘Gamegaters’ also targeted Giant Spacekat itself , trying through hackers to get at the developers financial records.
This is the third major incident involving a prominent woman in the gaming industry/community to come under attack by ‘Gamergate’ proponents; Zoe Quinn, the Indie developer behind ‘Depression Quest’, who faced heavy harassment and had to leave her home at one point from death threats due to a mix of allegations of corruption/collusion against her plus slanderous charges over her personal life. Anita Sarkeesian, head of Feminist Frequency website, who has faced a torrent of harassment over her ‘Trope vs Women in Video Games’ video series and was forced from her home over death threats made against her after her latest ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ was released. The ‘Gamergate ‘ movement has been going on now over two months.