Boycott List

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The Boycott List is an informal list of websites and publications that have made factually inaccurate reports on #GamerGate due to poor research, yellow journalism, or other unprofessional reasons. The list also includes sites with serious ethical problems not necessarily related to #GamerGate and social media websites that have censored discussion about #GamerGate for reasons having to do with the above. #GamerGate supporters often choose to completely boycott the most serious and repeat offenders.

Archiving tools can be used to view and preserve the content of boycotted sites without contributing to their clicks and page views.

For an informal list of websites that follow the SPJ Code of Ethics, please view the Support List.

Gaming Websites

Website Reason
AusGamers Lacking in journalistic integrity[1]
Destructoid Participant in Gamers are Dead, fired employees under questionable circumstances[2]
Eurogamer Inaccurate GamerGate articles[3][4]
Gamasutra Double participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles
GameFocus Writing anti-gamergate articles with poor research and poor arguments. Adhering to the 'listen and believe' mentality of our opposition [5]
GameInformer Claims that Gamergate has furthered stereotypes of violence and misogyny, and it's a non-issue [6][7]
Gameplanet Misrepresentation of Gamergate, no research and lazy journalism from editor Matt Maguire on Radio New Zealand National.[8]
Gameranx Editor in Chief Ian Miles Cheong's flippant disregard for ethics in games journalism [9]
Games.on.net Attributes harassment to GamerGate, "happily admit[s] to push[ing] an agenda" [10]
Joystiq.com One sided, poorly researched editorial on Gamergate. Claims to have never gotten any tweets or emails about their ethics policy, therefore gamergate isn't about ethics, but harassment.[11]

Kotaku

  • Kotaku AU
  • Kotaku BR
  • Kotaku JP
  • Kotaku UK
Participant in Gamers are Dead, lacking in journalistic integrity, owned by Gawker Media
MVCUK.com (Market for Video and Computer games)

Multiple inaccurate articles including:

  • Incorrectly claiming Mike Morhaime spoke against GamerGate at BlizzCon [12]
  • Misleading article implying GamerGate was responsible for DDoS attack against the website of AbleGamers [13]
Motherboard @ Vice One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles,[14] owned by Vice
PC Gamer Misrepresentation of GamerGate [15]
PCGamesN Writer Steve Hogarty belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter[16]
Polygon Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles[17]
Rock Paper Shotgun Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles[18]
  1. r/Games: Of Corruption in the Australian Games Industry
  2. https://archive.today/wOV6e
  3. https://archive.today/U0opo
  4. https://archive.today/lLY6y
  5. Game Informer’s Stance on GamerGate
  6. GamerGate's silver lining
  7. RNZN Interview
  8. Ian Miles Cheong Twitter feed
  9. Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome
  10. We are always fighting
  11. Morhaime uses Blizzcon speech to rally against GamerGate
  12. Charity that refused GamerGate associated donation receives death threats, suffers DDoS attack
  13. Will Trolls Always Have a Home?
  14. Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk after school shooting threat
  15. Steve Hogarty Twitter feed
  16. https://archive.today/rkvO8
  17. https://archive.today/RXjWz
  18. Technology Websites

    Website Reason
    Ars Technica Participated in Gamers are Dead, Senior Gaming Editor founded GameJournoPros email group
    GitHub Removed repository related to GamerGate under guise that it was organized harassment [1][2]
    GitLab Removed repository related to GamerGate under guise that it was organized harassment [3][4]
    OSNews Ran articles equating Gamergate to misogyny, organized harassment, and terrorism [5][6]
    The Verge Censorship in articles comments and community forums, ran articles equating GamerGate to organized harassment
    Wired Ran articles equating Gamergate to misogyny and terrorism [7][8]
    Heise (german) Misrepresenting and poorly researched articles plus one sided comments about GamerGate. Censorship in comment sections.[9][10][11][12][13]
    golem.de (german) Misrepresenting and poorly researched articles about GamerGate. Censorship in comment sections.[14][15]
    1. Github repo page
    2. Message from Github support
    3. Gitlab tweet about the removal of the repo
    4. Gitlab discussion on their forums
    5. GamerGate terrorists threaten mass school shooting in Utah
    6. Intel opposes Gamergate as part of $300 million effort
    7. Gamergate Goons Can Scream All They Want, But They Can’t Stop Progress
    8. How 4chan manufactured the #GamerGate controversy
    9. "Gamergate": Spieleentwicklerin flüchtet vor Online-Drohungen
    10. "Sexismus in der Spieleszene: Streit über Gamergate in der Wikipedia
    11. "Gamergate": Intel beendet Werbekampagne
    12. Choose your side! – Kommentar zur Debatte um Sexismus in Videospielen
    13. Ich gehe nicht in Deckung – Kommentar zur Debatte um Sexismus in Videospielen
    14. Erneut Morddrohungen gegen Spielentwicklerin
    15. Entwickler geht nach Morddrohungen gegen Gabe Newell

    Mainstream Media

    Publication Reason
    The Financial Post Participated in Gamers are Dead
    The Guardian One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles, also hosts articles and weekly podcasts featuring Leigh Alexander [1]
    MSNBC One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate news segments
    The New Yorker One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles
    The Washington Post One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles
    BBC One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles and news segments[2]
    Metro One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles
    SVT (Sveriges Television) One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles, TV coverage all but didn't touch on there being two sides
    CBC One sided, poorly-researched articles. Links to other misleading #Gamergate resources.[3] Refused to acknowledge any breach of ethics by only covering one side of the story.[4]
    1. Archive of contributor page
    2. BBC News - GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer
    3. CBC News - #StopGamerGate2014 hashtag suggests internet is growing tired of GamerGate
    4. CBC News Ombudsman - Playing Fair, Take Two: The challenges of talking about #GamerGate

    Community Forums

    Website Reason
    4chan Thought- and tone-policing mods, censorship of GamerGate discussion
    Neogaf Censors all but anti-GamerGate discussion
    Mighty No. 9 Total censorship of GamerGate discussion [1]
    RPG.net Total censorship of Gamergate discussions.[2]
    Something Awful Suspected origin of many of the worst trolls in the conflict
    TvTropes A moderator removed the mention of the scandal from their "Streisand Effect" page and threatened to ban the person who submitted it[3] and has locked threads on the subject.[4]
    /r/gaming During the Zoe Quinn incident, the moderators removed almost all discussion regarding it. In fact, one of the moderators were found tweeting Zoe Quinn prior to the deletion of Quinn-related threads.
    1. Mighty No. 9 – A lesson in how not to manage a community
    2. Gamergate on RPGnet READ THIS
    3. TvTropes Streisand Effect Discussion
    4. Video Games Journalism TvTropes Discussion

    Public Events

    Event Reason
    Critical Proximity Event created and hosted by Critical Distance, a project of Silverstring Media
    Independent Games Festival Corrupt award show connected to Silverstring Media
    Indie Cade Award show implicated in conspiracy to artificially award Fez
    Rebel Jam Game Jam started by Zoe Quinn after demonizing The Fine Young Capitalists

    Other Websites

    Website Reason
    Badass Digest Writer Devin Faraci belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter[1]
    BoingBoing Hosts articles by Leigh Alexander, routinely smears and mocks GamerGate
    Businessweek Anti-Gamerate and promoter of the blocklist[2]
    BuzzFeed Participant in Gamers are Dead
    Comics Alliance Framing GamerGate as a movement about harassment and misogyny [3]
    Cracked Ran articles equating GamerGate to organized harassment
    The Daily Beast Participant in Gamers are Dead
    The Daily Dot Framing GamerGate as a movement about harassment and misogyny [4]
    Deadspin Owned by Gawker Media
    Gawker Owned by Gawker Media
    io9 Owned by Gawker Media
    Jezebel Owned by Gawker Media
    The Mary Sue Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [5]
    Newsweek Promoting the blocklist[6]
    Raw Story Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [7]
    The United Federation Of Charles Publicly condemned Gamergate and stated he hoped the movement "goes away." [8]
    ValleyWag Owned by Gawker Media
    Vice Misrepresentation of GamerGate to the point of fear mongering [9]
    Vox One-sided, poorly researched GamerGate articles [10]
    We Hunted The Mammoth Complete and repeated misrepresentation of GamerGate [11]

    Steam Curators

    Group Reason
    PC Gamer Openly anti-GG and misrepresents Gamergate.
    The Jim Sterling Collection Jim Sterling appears to be anti-GG (This is not confirmed, confirmation is needed)
    Rock Paper Shotgun Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles.
    Kotaku Participant in Gamers are Dead, lacking in journalistic integrity, owned by Gawker Media. Anti-Gamergate.
    Extra Credits Daniel Floyd host of Extra Credits, condemns GG despite his own narrated video about Anonymous speaking about fallacy of composition and anyone claiming belonging to a group
    Giant Bomb Staff Another one of big games sites whose employees condemn GG as purely harassment campaign
    Double Fine Productions Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, is openly Anti-GG, claims GamerGate is proof of rape culture.[12]
    NeoGAF Anti-GG, censors most if not all GamerGate discussion, banning GamerGate supporters.[13][14]
    Steve's Essentials Creator of Gone Home and rabid SJW.
    Rami Ismail Heretic of Cool Indie Imperiumm. Takes active stance against GG.
    Cuties Curating Games Organized by Maya Kramer of Silverstring Media. Complicit in many industry scandals and the continued misrepresentation of GamerGate.
    Destructoid Participant in Gamers are Dead, fired employees under questionable circumstances. Anti-GG.
    PCGamesN Writer Steve Hogarty belligerently attacks GamerGate on Twitter. Anti-GG.
    Polygon Favorites Anti-GG. Participant in Gamers are Dead, inaccurate GamerGate articles.
    1. Devin Faraci Twitter feed
    2. Businessweek freebsd article
    3. Fear As A Way Of Life: Why Women In Comics Don’t ‘Just Report’ Sexual Harassment
    4. Only a culture of shame can finally put a stop to Gamergate
    5. Joss Whedon, Boston Globe Journalist Smack Down “But GamerGate Is About Journalistic Ethics!” Argument
    6. Newsweek Blocklist Article
    7. Gamergate’s anti-woman agenda made clear: Actor Felicia Day threatened for speaking up
    8. Our stance on Gamergate
    9. Does Someone Have to Actually Die Before GamerGate Calms Down?
    10. Angry misogyny is now the primary face of #GamerGate
    11. Today in #GamerGate: Entitled manchildren use manic pixel dream girl as their shield (again)
    12. Tim Schafer Twitter Feed
    13. TFYCapitalists Twitter Feed
    14. KiA NeoGAF Reddit Post
    last modified on 20 February 2015, at 05:59.