Now that I've talked about the current #GamerGate and the accusations of sexism and misogyny, it is time to look at the root of it all. What was the spark that lit the fuse of the #GamerGate powder keg?
The answer is simple: Zoe Quinn.
Zoe Quinn is a female developer. In the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, she released her game "Depression Quest" on Steam. It is a free piece of software that is supposed to help people visualize the situation (some) people suffering from depression are in, and how the condition changes their look at everyday occurances.
She did receive criticisms for it, ranging from exploiting the death of a celebrity to catapult her donationware to the front, over people claiming it was not a game, due to being more of a Visual Novel.
Things did not explode until Zoe Quinn's ex boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, came out with a big blog post about how Zoe cheated on him, repeatedly. That's bad enough PR as it is, especially for an indie developer. However, the important bits were these:
The 5 (known) people Zoe hopped into bed with were Gaming Journalists and people involved in the media, some of which either had before or went on to promote Depression Quest in one way or another.
This incident was jokingly refered to as
Other details came to light related to this, including journalists funding developers' projects via Patreon (Zoe Quinn herself earns $3,177 a month via Patreon alone!) and various other, "too friendly" relationships between developers and press.
There's more to it, however. Allegations were made as to Zoe stinging a few online hornets' nests on purpose, to provoke word of mouth about herself and her projects.
For a more complete rundown, again this link
Zoe then proceeded to scream about harrassment, hacking, doxxing and the likes. Some of them actually happened, others have been proven false and manufactured. We have evidence about Zoe Quinn abusing her moderator powers on the Steam Forum section for Depression Quest, to ban any bit of criticism or talk about the issue, and even negative reviews.
We even have a case of her issuing a DMCA copyright claim via Youtube to take down criticisms. John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has addressed this in a Twitlonger post, which earned him days if not weeks of harrassment from Zoe's affiliates and SJWs, for a rather mild view on the matter: Twitlonger Post.
Of course, people jumped into the breach to defend the oppressed Zoe, who was suddenly exposed to a wide array of critics. She has undeniably participated in unethical practices, and that was always going to explode at least a little. The way other developers, including Phil Fish (who has personal ties to Zoe as well), and Game Journalists handled the situation, however, increased the scale of people's scrutiny.
Chart of "What was perceived and what actually happened
The response TB got is summarized here, with a lot of the ugliest examples not being featured, however.
One feminist Blogger connected to Zoe Quinn and the forces-that-be, even published this article, making wild claims about the sexist bigot TotalBiscuit apparently is for daring to imply Zoe might have traded sex for favors.
The accusations of Zoe trading in sex for favors went even more over the top as Zoe used her personal relations with various people in the media to suppress discussion on various sites, including reddit:
Furthermore, it came to light that Zoe Quinn and her friend Maya Kramer, who she apparently also had a sexual relationship with, sabotaged a Game Jam that was geared towards offering women a job to work in the games industry, by involving them in the creation process of original games.
The Fine Young Capitalists had this to say about it:
"She fucking doxxed me, ruined a production for women, refused to contact us and is currently taking money for a game jam with no start date, no location and no judges"
Zoe Quinn was massively involved in Maker Studios (recently acquired by Disney, and owner of the Polaris Network on Youtube, one of the biggest presences on the site, with people such as PewDiePie under contract) Game Jam project, which went to ruin very quickly.
Jared Rosen typed up a lengthy look at the reasons here:
How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day
Jared, meanwhile, feared for his job at Polaris's game review writer for exposing all of this.
Zoe went on to open up her own "Rebel Jam", without much of a plan laid out, but an open pocket. Money donated wandered into her own Paypal account.
Not only did she sabotage a Game Jam, was involved in ruining the most expensive Game Jam to date, but also started her own (or not, as it is still on hold after almost half a year, with no progress made), of which all money goes into her private pocket.
The Fine Young Capitalists, meanwhile, only reaped silence from the press. Despite approaching various outlets about Zoe's actions and how their project was treated, nobody reported on them whatsoever.
By now, they are very good to go, with a successful IndieGoGo Campaign, running for another 57 hours.
Their success may be in large parts attributed to 4chan taking initiative to disprove Zoe's and the media's sexism claims. They even went on to design a mascot of their own:
The name is, of course, a play on "Video Games". A lot of effort went into designing the character, and it has since become a mascot for the whole #GamerGate movement.
Zoe Quinn, meanwhile, has fallen off the stage in recent weeks, but has tried time and again to get back into the spotlight after the movement has set its sights on the corruption in Games Media. Her personal life is absolutely irrelevant, and no matter how much SJWs do to present GamerGate as a pro-harrassment movement, it is not.
As for Zoe's connection with Maya Kramer... That is a whole other can of worms, which I'll attempt to open further down. I apologize for this post being as disorganized as it is, but the topic really is a load of junk. Many things happened in a very short amount of time, and I had to cut out a lot of things regarding Zoe's actions against wizardchan, her nudes being spread online, and other accusations her ex boyfriend leveled at her. Speaking of Eron - he's getting sued now, by a "nameless game developer".
#GamerGate has moved on from Zoe. The Media won't accept it.
Breitbart published this article on the issue. Give it a read!