The GamerGate Movement
The GamerGate Movement occurred in August 2014. The mainstream media have denounced GamerGate as a "harassment campaign against women in gaming", despite the fact that participants didn't attack any women.
Within one year, GamerGate had already accomplished the following:
- Forced many gaming sites to update their ethics policies to enforce Patreon disclosures, which means if a writer is financially supporting someone they're covering, it must be disclosed in the article.
- It was also successful in getting the FTC (Federal Trades Commission) to enforce the affiliate disclosure guidelines on several corrupt sites like Kotaku, Polygon, and The Verge, forcing them to disclose native advertisements (basically, ads masquerading as news pieces).
- Boycotted advertisers to many corrupt sites like Gawker. Because of this, many companies stopped supporting these sites, which cost the sites lots of money in ad revenue. Gawker (which owns Kotaku, one of the sites that wrote "Gamers Are Dead") actually lost six figures in ad revenue because of this.
- Speaking of the "Gamers Are Dead" incident, key journalists like Leigh Alexander, Patricia Hernandez, and Ben Kuchera were either fired, laid off, re-platformed, so they had less influence, or publicly discredited outright. Other prominent GG opponents, like Sam Biddle, lost their platform entirely.
- Donated to many charities including the Fine Young Capitalists, which made a fundraiser to help women make video games.
- Acts as a media watchdog to keep an eye out for corruption and Social Justice Warriors.
- The movement also exposed the hypocrisy, lies, and double standards of these extremists.
- Is in practice the first organized group to take on the extremist individuals that had been building up power for years and elevated beyond video games in a massive culture war that consisted of politics, movies, comics, education, and ideologies. Any groups that followed used the same play book as the Gamergate movement.
- Often, the movement has been put in a negative light because of some "supporters" not preaching its intentions, who then use it as a scapegoat for their own misbehavior.
- The movement having roots from anonymous users makes it easy for trolls to take advantage of it, as well as making the movement's goals look malicious.