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GamerGate critic ‘swatted’, about 20 cops go to old address

Police responded to reports of an armed man holding multiple hostages at what the swatter thought was the address of a female game developer.

Grace LynnAn 8chan forum thread (since removed) detailing a plan to swat “pixel artist” and game developer Grace Lynn led to about 20 police officers surrounding a home in the US city of Portland, Oregon on Friday night.

Swatting – a term derived from SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) – is the practice of making bogus emergency calls, as a prank or as revenge, that result in the dispatch of emergency services.

If Friday’s botched swat wasn’t potentially lethal, it would be amusing, given that whoever called in the bogus emergency report got his victim’s address wrong.

Lynn hadn’t lived there for a year, she said.

The artist was once on GamerGate’s side but defected to become a critic of the movement.

The #gamergate hashtag acts as a rallying banner for a group that has polarised the gaming community.

The GamerGate controversy, which dates to August 2014, concerns a number of aspects of video game culture: sexism and misogyny in the community, for one, as well as questions about journalistic ethics – particularly conflicts of interest between video game journalists and developers whose seeds lie in the fact that the first video game publications were products of the gaming companies themselves.

Late last summer, three female game developers were threatened with rape, murder, mutilation, or bombings in connection with criticizing the community.

When Lynn joined the ranks of GamerGate critics, she made herself a target.

Friday’s swatting incident didn’t reach the level of calling in an actual SWAT team, but as The Oregonian reports, about 20 police officers responded to a bogus emergency call about an armed man holding residents hostage inside the home.

Lynn spotted the plan to swat her on an 8chan pro-GamerGate forum thread.

She gave police a heads-up about the hoax, as she described in a series of tweets.

One such:

Twitter screenshot, Grace Lynn

Grace Lynn @pixelgoth
Hey @jackconte, @pandachi, @patreon. The thread that lead to my old address being SWAT'ed.

The original thread, posted by 8chan user Swat Anon and reprinted by Ars Technica – offered to either dox (i.e., publish individuals’ personal information) suggested targets and/or to swat them:

I'm bored, so if someone gets post ending in 88 I will do one of the following:

-If they are already doxed I will swat them, results are normally pretty noteworthy

-If they aren't doxed I will attempt to dox them and swat them. If I can't dox them (rare) I will chose the next post and so on.

Also, all hate should be directed towards @Eclipso on twitter, it's me. F*ck you, SJWs.

PS, I'm behind 7 proxies and I live in Serbia

Targets of swatting have ranged from celebrities to journalists.

Targets of people acting in support of GamerGate have included at least three female game developers.

A recent case was that of Brianna Wu, who was driven from her home in October after a troll posted her address online and threatened to rape, kill and mutilate her.

Swatters think of these stunts as pranks, but they’re costly jokes on a few levels.

From the perspective of cost alone, it’s estimated that each SWAT operation sets taxpayers back about $10,000.

On 1 January 2014, a California law took effect requiring people convicted of swatting to pay the full cost of the emergency response.

Passage of the bill was prompted by a rash of swatting incidents targeting celebrities including Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, the Kardashians, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Clint Eastwood, and state Senator Ted Lieu: a Democrat who sponsored the bill.

These are also potentially lethal jokes, given that they can entail emergency responders surrounding homes with their fingers on the triggers of weapons.

Thankfully, law enforcement is increasingly savvy about the practice of swatting. They’re not taken in as easily as all that.

The Lynn swatting is an example: Fortunately, Portland police didn’t overreact by sending an actual SWAT team.

Hopefully, would-be swatters will themselves get more savvy about the fact that their stunts can have repercussions that involve jail time and stiff fines.

Let’s pray that they wise up fast.


So where is the article detailing Gamer gate critics who have swatted supporters of the hashtag; or who sent hypodermic needles to journalists who spoke in support too…
Where is the article that talks of the Racist, homophobic and mysandrist comments made openly by Anti Gamergate supporters? Or their attempts to stop thousands of dollers being raised for good causes…. or the abuse they give to people of colour or with severe physical disabilities?

How about the Anti gamergater who tried to frame GG people as supporting child pornography?

If you plan to write on this issue, perhaps made a small attempt at balance.


Wouldn’t it have made more sense to link to these articles? Both articles on here outline that gamergate relates to criticism of the behaviour and ethics of some in the game publishing industry; much of this was covered in the comments of the previous article. I have not personally seen industry-backlash against GamerGate, but that doesn’t reflect any prior behaviour that GamerGate is speaking out against.

So instead of making this about GamerGate/AntiGamerGate, why not call it what it is? Those who support ethical business practices, and those for whom ethics are optional. Seems to be a number of individuals on both sides of the GamerGate issue — here’s hoping that most of the people on both sides support ethical business practices and that the behaviour outlined is solely in the hands of extremists. It certainly doesn’t help either cause.


Also important to note that 8-chan =/= GG. Anyone can post there or create boards there. /baphomet/ is a new board on 8-chan created by 3rd party devoted to doxxing and otherwise harassing individuals on both sides. PixelGoth was likely selected as a target because of her attempts to become a prominent “face” for one side then the other. Considering her recent and highly visible dust-up with Brianna Wu over the boatloads of Patreon money that the latter is making off her GG-related eCelebrity status, it is just as likely that an anti-GG Wu supporter doxxed her as anyone. Awful that it happened at all, though.


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