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Key people

Microsoft and Gamergate figures

Microsoft and Phil Fish

The Creative/Production team of Microsoft's Execution Labs included Phil Fish, Eric Zimmerman, Jonathan Blow, Heather Kelley, and Mare Sheppard. [5]

The Mentors team of Execution Labs included Ed Fries and Sue Bohle of Microsoft and Rami Ismail of Vlambeer.[6]

Microsoft and Anita Sarkeesian

According to the Washington Post: [7]

Edwards has been a vocal supporter of Sarkeesian and of the two other women who've been threatened the most, developers Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu.

Microsoft and Randi Harper

Microsoft search engine Bing incorporated GGAutoblocker, filtering out Kentucky Fried Chicken from its search results.[8]

Microsoft and Brianna Wu

Brianna Wu visited Microsoft headquarters and announced a partnership with Microsoft within days of becoming involved in Gamergate.

  • July 1, 2014 "I have contacts at Microsoft" [9]
  • September 16, 2014 "We're currently working with Microsoft looking at other venues." [10]
  • September 30, 2014 "Microsoft HQ is pretty posh." [11]
  • October 9, 2014 " my company is in the middle of a partnership with MS" [12]

Wu began receiving harassing tweets from "chatterwhiteman" within days of announcing the partnership with Microsoft.

The Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation is affiliated with:

The Gates Foundation controls the Global Good Fund and the Greenbriar Equity Fund.


  1. Breakthrough Energy Coalition,
  2. Robert Frank, Top Billionaires Hold Secret Meeting, Wall Street Journal, May 20 2009
  3. VL Power Summit 2015, Voto Latino,
  4. Catherine Ho, New public affairs director for Microsoft, The Washington Post,
  5. Mentors / Creative, Execution Labs,
  6. Mentors, Execution Labs,
  7. Hayley Tsukayama, Gamergate 'personal attacks and threats have to stop', say E3 organisers, Washington Post, Thursday 16 October 2014,
  8. @nomineeforall, Hey @Bing - Care to explain what the @kfc Colonel did wrong? #GamerGate, 8 Dec 2014,
  9. Brianna Wu, @simon_lindsell it's not impossible. I have contacts at Microsoft, and we're thinking about it., 1:25 PM - 1 Jul 2014,
  10. Brianna Wu, We're currently working with Microsoft looking at other venues. Stay tuned. @breakthesystem, 5:58 AM - 16 Sep 2014,
  11. Brianna Wu, Have to be honest. Microsoft HQ is pretty posh., 12:31 PM - 30 Sep 2014,
  12. Brianna Wu, @rockmedia @bayareadivorce @njlitigator I think my company is in the middle of a partnership with MS, so I feel like I can't really voice., 3:56 PM - 9 Oct 2014,
  13. International Crisis Group, Sourcewatch
  14. Quest to Learn, Inside Schools,