South Southwest Festival announced Monday that it has canceled two planned panel associated with gambling and online harassment after receiving threats .
South Southwest Interactive has announced on Monday it has canceled two panels on the basis of the media festival Austin related games and online harassment after receiving “numerous threats of violence on the ground.”
The members of the «Level Up: Overcoming Pursuit in the games,” said the panel they received e-mails on Monday informing them that SXSW has canceled the debate after receiving threats
While the panel of Level Up is not specifically about Gamergate, a movement known for harassment of women in the online gaming community, it was filled with women debates that have previously been the object of persecution, including Randy Lee Harper, Carolyn Sinders, and Catherine Cross.
Another panel is canceled, “SavePoint: a discussion on the gaming community,” including Perry Jones, Mercedes Carrera, Nick Robalik, and Lynn Walsh, who was previously associated with the movement Gamergate
“We had hoped that the holding of these two debates in March 2016 in Austin will lead to a valuable exchange of ideas on this very important issue,” said SXSW interactives director Hugh Forrest in a statement on Monday. “However, within seven days from the date of announcing the two sessions, SXSW has received numerous threats in place violence associated with this program.”
“SXSW is proud to be a big tent and playground of different people and different ideas,” Forrest said. “However, maintaining the sanctity of the big tent at the SXSW Interactive demands that we continue the dialogue civil and respectful. If people can not agree, disagree, and to adopt new ways of thinking and in a safe place, free from online and offline harassment, it marketplace of ideas will inevitably be compromised. ”
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Earlier this week, Vice – x Motherboard wrote about the critical reaction to the panel in terms of conservation.
Opening Game Society, which was involved in the panel SavePoint said they were disappointed by the cancellation of SXSW.
“I know all about you, on both sides, should be extremely upset that this happened, but take our honest advice; Step away from your computer / phone at the moment,” Perry Jones, founder and president of the group, said, “Go out and take a breather, play video games, it calms the nerves, pet your cat or dog, and spend some time thinking not let that very anger and unrest factory in you -. It will mature only in hatred and lead you say you could ever regret. “
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