Scarlett Johansson circling GamerGate movie
“GamerGate” is still a hot-topic that bubbles-up across the internet from time to time, either on social-media or on forums across the web. The event started a new conversation about online harassment, women in the gaming industry and even how the press interacts with developers and publishers. It’s a conversation that is still making headlines today.
Zoe Quinn, the woman at the epicenter of “GamerGate,” wrote a memoir about her experiences called “Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself,” and Sony has just picked-up the rights to make it into a film according to Deadline. Quinn was only the beginning of what would quickly become a firestorm of threats and intolerance aimed at women, and eventually men and women, across the gaming community.
The spark that started GamerGate was a simple blog post, written by Quinn’s ex-boyfriend, that accused Quinn of perusing relationships with gaming journalist to garner attention her the upcoming game “Depression Quest.” Quinn was accused of establishing romantic relationships with these members of the press for positive reviews and other publicity for her game.
It was later proven that the events detailed in the blog-post were fabricated but what started would consume the gaming industry for months, eventually giving rise to activists like Anita Sarkeesian who continues to raise awareness for people that are victims of online-harassment.
The accusations lead some members of the gaming community to aggressively attack Quinn online, as well as other female members of the community, exposing personal data and making threats to Quinn and her family.
Sony picking-up the rights to the adaption would have been an interesting headline on its own merit but it has also been reported that Scarlett Johansson is currently leading a short-list of actors that would take the role of Quinn in the new film.
Crash Override is an organization created by Quinn that provides anti-harassment security and support for victims of cyber-bullying and other forms of online-harassment. SXSW just made headlines this past month because of threats that cancelled an online-harassment panel. These threats were made by anonymous sources stating that there could be violence if the panel was allowed to continue at SXSW. The backlash of SXSW closing the online-harassment panel because of online-harassment itself caused news and media outlets to threaten to pullout of the event if the panel was not reestablished. SXSW has stated that it is working with security and the panel to see what could be done.