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New York Times

Pre-Gamergate Controversies

Role In Gamergate

Sarkeesian article

Nyt sarkeesian article.jpg

On October 16 2014, the New York Times published an article by Nick Wingfield which editors gave the misleading headline "Feminist Critics of Video Games Facing Threats in 'GamerGate' Campaign".[1] The article was placed by the Bohle Company of Sue Bohle, the PR representative of Kate Edwards of IGDA.[2]

A member of Something Awful took credit for the "Goon-started drama" that reached the front page of the New York Times.[3]

Supporting letters

The New York Times received and published letters from three people connecting alleged harassment of Sarkeesian with those concerned about collusion and falsehoods in the media:[4]


Following the publication of this headline, most major media refused to mention any allegations of close relationships and undisclosed collusion between writers and developers, and would instead falsely claim that Gamergate was a harassment campaign.


Later involvement

On May 1, 2015 the editorial board of the New York Times endorsed the HeartMob project of Emily May of Hollaback, and the Gamergate Autoblocker of Randi Harper which blocks Twitter users who have discussed Gamergate. [8]

Around April 2016 the New York Times began to demand access to the Facebook friends lists of users who wanted to leave comments on articles. [9]

Company Information

Board of Directors

Board of Directors as of March 2015: [10]

See Also

Anita Sarkeesian


  1. Nick Wingfield, Feminist Critics of Video Games Facing Threats in 'GamerGate' Campaign, New York Times, October 16 2014,
  2. The Bohle Company, The New York Times’ Nick Wingfield Speaks with Kate Edwards of the IGDA About GamerGate, October 22 2014,
  3. Cardboard Box A, Don't post in this thread you idiots. It's about twitter drama, Something Awful, Oct 16 2014,
  4. Letters (Archive)- [1]
  5. Mimi Ito, Peer-Based Learning in a Networked Age, May 13 2010,
  6. About Us, The Bohle Company,
  7. Brian Crecente, FBI working with game developer association to combat online harassment, Polygon, September 4, 2014,
  8. Enlisting Bystanders to Fight Online Abuse, New York Times, May 1 2015,
  9. Anonymous imgur user, New York Times: "Tell us who you're friends are or you can't open a new account",
  10. Board of Directors, New York Times Company,