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Zoe Quinn
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Aliases: Locke Knife; Locke Valentine (Modeling)
Chelsea Van Valkenburg (Birth name)
@@UnburntWitch, various others
Occupation: Video Game Developer, Comics Author, Journalist
Affiliations: Loveshack Entertainment, various others

Zoe Quinn is an independent video game developer, comic book writer,[1] and journalist.[2] Her relationships with various members of the video game industry were the starting point for the Zoe Quinn Scandal and GamerGate. Video game journalism outlets which covered the topic only discussed the harassment levied at Quinn and mostly refused to address the ethical concerns. This served as confirmation for many that the gaming press was unethical and biased. She has since been one of the main figures decrying GamerGate as a hate group defined by sexism and harassment. Even before the GamerGate hashtag was created, the amount of coverage in support of her and the lack of questioning of her unsubstantiated claims served as evidence to many that game journalism had become unconscionably entangled with the independent development scene.


Locke Valentine

In 2007, under the name Locke Valentine, Quinn modeled for two soft core erotica websites, 'Broken Dollz' and ”Deviant Nation”. On July 14th, 2007, Quinn wrote on ”Deviant Nation” about beginning a new job as a stripper in upstate New York.[3][4] The next day, Quinn wrote again that she had left her new job, the compensation for which she was greatly disappointed in, after hospitalizing a customer who sexually assaulted her: “Someone licked my tit, I blacked out, knocked him out and probably shattered his eye socket. The ambulence”[sic]” was coming as I was leaving.”[5][6]


Difference Engine

Zoe Quinn is credited with the making of 'Dame Game' by the the Hand Eye Society through its Difference Engine initiative.[119] The Hand Eye Society was founded in February 2009 by Jim Munroe, the former editor of Adbusters among others[120]. Other early alumni included Mare Sheppard, Kellee Santiago, Heather Kelley, and Robin Hunicke.

Dames Making Games

Destructoid credited Zoe Quinn as a co-founder of Dames Making Games in a June 2012 broadcast. [2] Jenny Faber claims she "technically" was not a co-founder, "and your ongoing claim is confusing and harmful to the countless hours DMG puts in." Quinn defended her claim: "I DID run monthly socials and james when it was just DMG." [3] The earliest archive of the Dames Making Games website does not credit Quinn. [4]


According to several leaked GamerGhazi IRC logs, Zoe Quinn was briefly involved in the coding of Fez. [108]

DC Comics

DC Comics announced on September 12th, 2019 that artist Tyler Kirkham and Zoe Quinn are to write a Batman and Superman spin-off titled “The Infected: Deathbringer #1”.[117]


Nasrallah Allegations

In late October 2007, photographer Mallorie Nasrallah visited Zoe’s home in Albany, New York for three photo shoots over a weekend. On 3 October 2014, after seeing Cracked.com articles about Zoe and GamerGate,[7] Nasrallah posted to Facebook relating her experiences,[8] in which Zoe claimed to have fatally stabbed a rapist, to have been sexually assaulted numerous times and never reported it, and described her roommate with ableist and misogynist slurs when making claims the roommate herself later contradicted.

She claimed to have stabbed a man – attempted rapist – in the face, who had grabbed her. She relayed to me no less than three other accounts of alleged violent assault. […] Two claims involved alleged workplace incidents, and were her prime explanation for why she could not hold a job. […] She also claimed to have reported nothing to police, or management at her work.
Zoe informed me that her roommate, who had been involved in the shoots, either by being in the apartment, or smuggling us in to her place of work turned out to be a, ” mentally unbalanced cunt,” (her words not mine) among other things, and that it was unacceptable to use ANY of the photos we had taken that weekend. I was pretty upset about this, and sent her several messages asking if perhaps I could talk to the roommate, have her sign a waiver, or something, despite the fact that neither Zoe, nor I, had any legal obligation to ask the roommate’s permission for ANYTHING. Zoe insisted that she was a crazy, evil bitch, and refused to provide me with any sort of contact information.
Finally, weeks later, a handful of other models I had worked with on the site messaged me to inform me that Zoe had written them and told them that I forced her to look at, “mutilated vagina,” pictures, which she said, had horrified her, and she had basically sent me away then and there. The models she told this to knew me, and thankfully came to me with these nonsense claims. We had in fact discussed cosmetic surgery, while talking about modeling, and she had looked up Before/After Breast Implant images. The conversation moved on to Labiaplasty, and we looked at a few of those images as well. So, there is an inch of truth, in the really awful lie she told about me. There was never any force involved, and she was the one controlling the computer the whole time. This took place in her home, on her computer, with her boyfriend and roommate both in the room.
I decided it wasn’t worth the fight. I was eventually contacted by the roommate, who told me a very different story to the one Zoe had, and I let the issue drop
I was never paid for the images, because I respected her wishes and never published them. I still have the images in archive on my computer, because I archive everything. I was never reimbursed for the gas, wardrobe, or food I purchased on the trip. To someone starting their career, that was quite a dig to my wallet.
7 years later, Zoe is still BY FAR the worst client I have ever had.
What does this story have to do with GamerGate? When I realized Locke was Zoe, I was disgusted to see she was still playing the same games. Stealing, cheating, lying and claiming to be victimized by anyone and everyone. Maybe she did stab some guy in the face, and maybe in the first week at every new job she had, some guy tried to extort sex from her. Maybe that doesn’t establish an MO on her part. But I know, I did nothing wrong to that woman, and I did not deserve to be lied about. I did not deserve to have my time and my money wasted, and even now, I wonder if opening my mouth about this means she will think of some new horse shit to spread about me to try to ruin my career. And that does seem to be her modus operandi.

Nasrallah emailed Zoe over claims she had made about Nasrallah’s photo shoot to other models. In the email exchange, Zoe repeated her claim of “killing someone in self defense” during an attempted rape.[9]

Nasrallah notes in a second Facebook post that “this correspondence took place on the adult modeling website Deviant Nation. This means Zoe had to use her ID to sign up, and so the account can be directly traced back to her.”[10] On 4 October, Eron Gjoni posted on Tumblr that “Mallorie sent me a bunch of proof that everything she was saying is true.” [7]


Zoe Quinn was involved in a helldump, a goon board that doxxed and harassed furries. [10]


While Stardock CEO Brad Wardell was facing accusations of sexual harassment,[5], Zoe Quinn sent Brad Wardell the message:

@dragonol Hi, I saw that you acquired the Star Control license and I will do pretty much anything to be on the dev team for that

Quinn followed this up with a long chain of comments about the sexual harassment lawsuit.[6]


Illutia artist and community manager Jennifer Dawe "Shivers" claims to have been blacklisted from the video game industry in March 2013.

I was basically blacklisted back in March 2013 due to an argument with another developer because I said the industry was kind to me, and I didn't feel it was universally sexist and unwelcoming.[7]
Zoe has personally attacked me... I disagreed with her that asking hobbies in a job interview was sexist and she spread to all her friends. I had no idea at the time this person was so connected they could ruin things for me asking a question.[8]

Wizardchan Harassment Allegations

See Also: Complete Timeline and Zoe Quinn Scandal

On 12 December 2013, Zoe Quinn posted on twitter that she was being called and harassed by "channers" in relation to Depression Quest.[11] She shared posts from a thread on Wizardchan in which two anonymous users made sexist statements involving her.[12][13] The two posts in question claimed that she couldn't understand what it was like to be depressed because she was a woman.[14][15] Over the next two days, Quinn was allegedly subjected to a "raid" in which she received unsolicited phone calls.[16][17][18] The story was covered in numerous publications, which offered no evidence of harassment beyond the original two Wizardchan posts given by Zoe.[19][20][21] Depression Quest was greenlit on 14 December, ostensibly due to this publicity and media coverage. Fredrick Brennan, the administrator of Wizardchan from March to September 2013, has stated in an interview with Knowyourmeme that Quinn herself orchestrated the supposed harassment. Brennan says he was informed by Glaive, the admin of Wizardchan at the time in which the incident took place, that referencing of IP logs have shown that Quinn was responsible for the alleged threats being posted on Wizardchan along with trolls coming to the image board from other websites.[22]

The Fine Young Capitalists

See Also: Complete Timeline and Zoe Quinn Scandal

On 28 February 2014 Quinn had a much publicized run-in with The Fine Young Capitalists(TFYC), a company that aimed to help women who had no development experience make and sell a game, chosen by voters, with most proceeds going to charity. She misunderstood the project and believed that the women were being asked to work for free.[44][45][46] She also believed that their policy regarding transgendered individuals was intolerant.[47] Unsatisfied with the answers she got, and upon realizing the traffic generated to their website had caused it to crash, she and Maya Kramer celebrated "killing an exploitative startup's website."[48][49][50]

Quinn and Kramer's discussion induced former Destructoid writer Jonathan Ross to publicly tweet Facebook posts from one of TFYC's partners, Matthew Rappard.[51] Rappard did not appear in any public information because he preferred to remain a silent partner.[52] Rappard held Quinn partially accountable for this because he (incorrectly) believed Kramer was Quinn's PR agent, and because Quinn retweeted or replied to a tweet containing his information, spreading the information to all her followers.[53]

Because of Quinn's much publicized accusations that they were exploitative, and because of the lack of verification that Quinn's claims underwent in the press, TFYC struggled to get any coverage for their project from gaming news outlets. Not wanting the project to fail because of this, in early August, 2014, TFYC attempted to contact Quinn and Maya to address her issues with the project, and even offered Quinn a paid consultation position, but they received no reply.[54][55] Now feeling desperate, on 17 August, Rappard posted on reddit about what happened to the production as a plea for help.[56] Rappard's reddit post got massive amounts of attention. When criticized for her treatment of TFYC, on 24 August Zoe dismissed the criticism with demonstrably false claims that she had only made "4 tweets" about them and that she had been ambivalent.[57][58] Concerned that Rappard incorrectly claimed that she had doxxed them, Quinn contacted TFYC on 27 August.[59]

Over the next week they exchanged a number of emails attempting to craft a statement that TFYC would publish to declare that they had reached an understanding.[60] They also talked on the phone, where they discussed the possibility of publicizing their accord at PAX to further repair their images.[61] In the end they agreed to a wording for the peace treaty and it was published on TFYC blog on 29 August.[62][63] They also edited their reddit comment and replaced with with an audio recording less focused on blaming Quinn.[64]

Shortly after the publication of the peace treaty, on 5 September, TFYC posted a small excerpt of their email conversation with Quinn on twitter as evidence that Maya had doxxed them.[65] Quinn felt that TFYC had used their emails to attack a woman and stopped talking to them.[66] This sudden falling out after TFYC had helped her get funding for her Rebel Jam left them feeling used, so they took down the peace treaty and redirected the URL to a more harshly worded statement published on 3 September.[67][68]

One month later, on 14 October, Quinn posted the emails she had sent with TFYC to attempt to put to rest the misconception that she had doxxed TFYC.[69][70] In retaliation, TFYC posted an email sent to Maya Kramer intended to show they sincerely tried to reach an understanding and to correct what Quinn and Kramer felt was wrong with the project.[71] This led to an argument where they both accused the other party of lying about them.[72]


See Also: Complete Timeline and Zoe Quinn Scandal

Quinn was one of eleven developer contestants on GAME JAM, a televised reality show which famously crashed and burned on March 27, 2014, after a single day of shooting. There were numerous problems with the publication, which started before filming even began. The concept had changed from a documentary to a reality show without the developers being properly informed,[23] the contracts they were requested to sign were unfair,[24][25] the product placement was incredibly invasive,[26][27] and provided computers malfunctioned.[28] Despite the setbacks production moved into the first day of filming before it was ultimately canceled. The failure of the event was ultimately the responsibility of Matti Leshem, the consultant hired by Pepsi to manage the brand friendliness.

It was Leshem who, when Quinn and Jon Jafari (JonTron) had a disagreement, attempted to force them into a shouting match for the sake of drama.[29] When that failed, he attempted to introduce sexist drama by asking the teams "Two of the other teams have women on them. Do you think they're at a disadvantage?"[30] and, to Adriel Wallick's team, "Do you think you're at an advantage because you have a pretty girl on your team?"[31][32] This offensive line of questioning stopped the production dead in its tracks. Quinn, Wallick, Robin Arnott, and Davey Wreden were all ready to leave the production at this point,[33][34][35] but stayed behind as the rest of the developers discussed if they could salvage the program.[36][37][38] Unfortunately everybody's enthusiasm for the event had long since waned and the event was canceled.[39]

After GAME_JAM ended, Quinn desired to start a game jam of her own, run to her own standards.[40] The jam she decided to organize was Rebel Jam, which professes to be a documentary like GAME_JAM was originally meant to be.[41] The website for Rebel Jam was registered on 1 April 2014, 5 days after GAME_JAM was canceled, but has extremely few details, lacking a start date or formal plans.[42] Despite the lack of details, Quinn solicits donations on the website, which sends funds to her personal account. This account is also used for Patreon and Depression Quest donations.

The eagerness to start collecting donations, the fact that the donations go directly to her personal account, and her role in the collapse of GAME_JAM have led some to speculate that Quinn intentionally sabotaged GAME_JAM in order to promote her own jam. They point to the fact that, if GAME_JAM were to fail, the interest in a televised game jam would remain and could be transferred to Rebel Jam. However, there were a large amount of factors completely outside Quinn's control that contributed to the failure of GAME_JAM. Moreover, many of the developers seemed interested in another future project with Maker Studios and Polaris, and Rebel Jam would likely not be able to compete with another production with Maker Studio's resources.[43]

Brianna Wu

Payments to Brianna Wu's legal defense fund went to the private account of Zoe Quinn. [116]


See Also: GamerGate

The Zoe Post

Much of the criticism levied at Quinn stems from Zoe Quinn Scandal, a blog published by her ex-boyfriend, Eron Gjoni, on August 16, 2014. The contents of thezoepost were originally posted as threads on Something Awful and Penny Arcade, where they were swiftly deleted,[73][74] leading Gjoni to create a WordPress blog. In it, Gjoni alleged that Quinn had sexual relationships with at least five men in the gaming industry, and possibly more. Only three were identified by name:

That same day, popular YouTuber Mundane Matt released a video about Quinn's relationships and the allegations in thezoepost, paying specific attention to the fact that, when talking with Gjoni, Quinn seemed most concerned with saving her career.[77] The video description contained a link to an imgur album created by members of Wizardchan responding to Quinn's allegations of harassment, originally uploaded on 11 April 2014.[78] The album was submitted to reddit on 17 August, where it garnered significant attention.[79]

On 18 August, Quinn filed a spurious DCMA takedown request on Matt's video on the grounds of it containing an image from her game;[80] this image was later shown to be an item of promotional material from the official Depression Quest website.[81] Later that day, Matt uploaded an edited version of the video with the image removed, which received significantly more views than the original upload.[82] The original video was reinstated by YouTube on 21 August.[83]

On August 18, YouTuber Internet Aristocrat uploaded a video concerning the allegations surrounding Quinn shortly after Matt's video was taken down.[84] In it, he describes the harassment Quinn claimed to have faced from Wizardchan, the manner in which her game was greenlit, the amount of press devoted to supporting her, and the censorship of discussion critical of her, including the takedown of Matt's video. To describe this seeming conspiracy, Internet Aristocrat coined the term "Quinnspiracy". His video became the seminal resource for people new to the topic, getting nearly a million views and a huge amount of attention on reddit, where it was submitted on 19 August 2014.[85] Quinnspiracy would be used to describe this controversy until Adam Baldwin coined the term "GamerGate" on 27 August 2014.[86]

Europe trip

Zoe Quinn announced a 3-month trip to Europe on August 1, 2014, several weeks before the Zoe Post was published [9], and had been making plans for one since at least February 7, 2014 [10]. The Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey repeated without criticism a claim that Quinn was forced to flee her home due to death threats.[11]

4chan hacking

On August 19, 2014, an anonymous user on 4chan's /v/ board claimed to have hacked Zoe Quinn's tumblr account and called for 4chan to raid the account.[106] 4chan users generally refused to participate and accused Quinn of hacking her own account, declaring it an obvious honeypot. Investigation into the posted hack revealed--among others things--a phone number that led to a defunct repair shop and a Hawaiian area code, indicating that, no matter who posted the hack, they were lying about themselves.[107]

Conflicts of Interest

Upon finding out that she had connections to people inside the videogame industry, many gamers began to suspect that these connections influenced the amount of positive coverage she and her game got. The earliest example unearthed was Quinn's role in IndieCade 2013. While Depression Quest did not win any awards during this show, it was chosen for the 2013 Night Games Festival, which is an exhibition of games chosen by IndieCade staff held on 5 October 2013.[87] The person responsible for selecting the Night Games was Robin Arnott, one of the men with whom Quinn was to later have a sexual relationship.[88]

More controversial still was Nathan Grayson, who gave her game special consideration in a Rock Paper Shotgun article he wrote about greenlit Steam games on 8 January 2014, shortly after her successful greenlight campaign.[89] Grayson would again cover Quinn during his coverage of GDC 2014 which was held from 17–21 March 2014 in San Francisco.[90] As GDC was ending, Grayson interviewed Quinn on a Rock Paper Shotgun video blog uploaded on 22 March.[91] After moving to Kotaku, Grayson wrote about Quinn yet again on 31 March 2014, in which he mentioned her role in a failed game jam TV show.[92]

More investigating would establish a timeline for Quinn and Grayson's relationship. Shortly after GDC, Quinn, Grayson, and then-writer for Indie Statik Jared Rosen went on a road trip to Las Vegas. The trip was planned by 30 March, one day before Grayson's Kotaku article mentioning Quinn.[93] It was on this trip that Quinn and Grayson started their romantic relationship.[94] The trip to Vegas did not seem to be a work related function, since Grayson never wrote about it. This suggests that Greyson and Quinn were at the very least friends at the time Grayson wrote the Kotaku article, even though no connection to Quinn was disclosed.

Quinn appears to have been friends with Patricia Hernandez since March 2013, as tweets from that month reveal that they were planning to meet up with each other.[95] Despite of this, Patricia gave Zoe positive coverage in two articles from May[96] and December 2014[97] without initially disclosing her friendship with Zoe in said articles.

On March 19, 2014, Ben Kuchera, senior editor at Polygon, published an interview with Quinn that focused on the harassment she claimed to have received from Wizardchan, and, overall, portrayed her in a positive light.[98] It was not disclosed at the time of the interview that Kuchera had been giving money to Quinn via Patreon since January 6, 2014.[99] and that Philip Kollar, a deputy review editor at Polygon,[100] had been doing the same thing since January 9, 2014.[101]

Huffington Post

On 13 October 2014, Quinn was invited to be a guest on a live Huffington Post segment.[102] Initially, Quinn agreed, but after finding out that HotWheels would be there, and that it would be a debate, not an interview, she backed out, because HotWheels was the admin of 8chan, part of which was unfriendly to her.[103] Quinn said she felt like she had almost been lured into a trap.[104] The interview was held on 14 October without her in attendance.[105]

Legal activity

In mid September, Quinn filed for and was granted ex parte a 209a temporary restraining order (TRO) against her ex-boyfriend and thezoepost author Eron Gjoni. The order included a custom prior restraint clause ordering Gjoni “not to post any further information about the plaintiff or her personal life online or to encourage "hate mobs"”.

Despite Quinn's supporting affidavit focusing almost exclusively on purely online speech and harassment, Quinn sought an 209a abuse prevention order,[109] an order for preventing "physical harm" or coerced sexual relations, rather than a 258e harassment prevention order.[110] According to Gjoni, "There have actually already been cases saying you can't use harassment restraining orders as gag order," while abuse prevention orders have "no such free speech precedent yet" in Massachusetts.[111] At the end of the affidavit, Quinn makes three claims implying potential for future physical harm from Gjoni immediately before asking the court to gag Gjoni from speaking publicly or to people in the games industry: that Gjoni "admitted mental instability" (Gjoni has described experiencing symptoms of schizoid personality disorder, such as lacking emotional reactions, as a defense mechanism against emotional abuse[112]), that he wrote an "email that he had a history of being violent with a family member" (Gjoni's friend Ben Hitov reports having read the email which says "he tackled his grandfather once when he was eight and his grandfather hit his head on a cabinet"[113]), and that he was "violent during our last sexual encounter" on the night of July 14, the same night described by Gjoni in thezoepost Act 3.[114]

On 30 September 2014, a court hearing was held in which the judge granted the order be made 'permanent' (one year in duration).[113] On 23 October 2014, a scan of Quinn's affidavit, dated 16 September, was posted online:[115]

On or about August 16, 2014, the Defendant wrote and published a long post about my sex life and private dealings to several websites that he knew had a history of harassing me. He was aware that harassment and stalking would happen, and openly admits to doing so to damage my professional reputation as an independent artist. Since then I have received numerous death and rape threats from an anonymous mob that he had given details to. My personal info like my home address, phone number, emails, passwords, and those of my family have been widely distributed, alongside nude photos of me, and several of my professional accounts and those of my colleagues have been hacked.
Eron has coached this mob multiple times, made multiple social media accounts to smear my name publicly, and has stoked the fire of this on many occasions and doesn't seem to be stopping. He has also called hotels that he suspected me of staying at, falsifying information to give more personal info to the mob. I am in fear of him as he is not repentant for the mob's harassment of me and keeps hinting at giving them more information, which he knows will continue inciting the threats and harassment.
He also was violent during our last sexual encounter in July, prior to breaking up, leaving several bruises on my arm. My friend [redacted] stayed with me in the hotel Eron and I had shared after this, having seen the bruises on my arm + noticing he still had a hotel key because we feared he would come back. Eron has also admitted mental instability to me, and informed me via email that he had a history of being violent with a family member. For these reasons, I ask that he be ordered to stay away from me, not contact me, and stop providing any information about me to those involved in an ongoing harassment + stalking campaigns against me, and stop contacted friends and professional colleagues to try and destroy my business.
I have several hundred pages of evidence if needed, and FBI complaint #1409092052252061 SFPD case #140711557, and Boston PD case #142029502.


Brendan Frye

Zoe Quinn wrote for Comics and Gaming Monthly after starting a relationship with editor Brendan Frye in 2011.[12] Quinn later claimed that Frye assaulted her.[13] After Quinn and Frye agreed to break up, Miguel Sternberg of Spooky Squid Games and the Hand Eye Society alleged that Frye had fired Quinn from C&GM for refusing his sexual advances and had stalked Quinn for most of a day.[14]

Jimmy E.

Twitter user Jimmy E. @LowOnStimpaks claims:[15][16]

I used to date this retard back in 2011 in Toronto. If only I knew, I would have smothered her with a pillow...
She was a compulsive liar back then too. She bailed on dinner once because her roommate was "drugged at a party".

LowOnStimpaks had mentioned a "day with Zoe" in June 2011.[17]

Alex Holowka

Game developer Alex Holowka had a relationship with Quinn while she was in Toronto. Holowka later referred to Quinn as a "pathological liar."[18]

Following allegations of sexual abuse by Zoe Quinn, Alex Holowka has reportedly committed suicide.

See Also



  1. Trent, John F. (September 12, 2019) - "Zoe Quinn to Write DC Comics’ Batman and Superman Spin-Off The Infected: Deathbringer" Bounding Into Comics (archive)
  2. Quinn, Zoe (28 January 2013) - "A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game" Kotaku - Retrieved 6 Jan 2015 (archive)
  3. Quinn, Zoe - "First night or How I learned to stop worrying and vomit redbull" Deviant Nation -
  4. Quinn, Zoe - "Dude..." Deviant Nation -
  5. Quinn, Zoe - "Stripper no more." Deviant Nation -
  6. Quinn, Zoe - "I was briefly a stripper too." Twitter -
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gjoni, Eron (4 October 2014) - "Mallorie sent me a bunch of proof that everything she was saying is true." Tumblr
  8. Nasrallah, Mallorie (3 October 2014) - "[1]" Facebook -
  9. - "Zoe Quinn email to Nasrallah" ' -
  10. Nasrallah, Mallorie (5 October 2014) - "This should be my final post on this..." Facebook -
  1. https://twitter.com/PlnkRlbbonScars/statuses/559092104765640707
  2. Zoe Quinn twitter - 12:40 PM 12 Dec 2013
  3. Zoe Quinn twitter - 12:44 PM 12 Dec 2013, 1/2
  4. Zoe Quinn twitter - 12:44 PM 12 Dec 2013, 2/2
  5. Wizardchan forum post - 6 Dec 2013
  6. Wizardchan forum post - 9 Dec 2013
  7. Zoe Quinn twitter - 12:45 PM 12 Dec 2013
  8. Zoe Quinn twitter - 12:47 PM 12 Dec 2013
  9. Zoe Quinn twitter - 3:01 PM 13 Dec 2013
  10. Depression Quest developer harassed for being a female game developer
  11. Female Developer Verbally Abused After Submitting Game to Steam Greenlight
  12. Female Game Developers Can't Even Submit A Game To Greenlight Without Receiving Harassment
  13. Brennan KYM interview - Oct 2014
  14. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day That natal idea, and one of the themes central to all eleven developers agreeing to travel to Los Angeles for the shoot, was the production and filming of a game jam for a televised audience (or at least a YouTube audience) with the intent to document the ups and downs of actually developing a game... More importantly, it would be an opportunity for the group to share the closely-knit spirit of togetherness unique to indie development... At some point, GAME_JAM outgrew itself, attracting the attention of major sponsors, as well as a couple of our 'high creative' production executives from the adjacent office down the street, and over the next four or five months, the show began phasing into something less documentary and more docu-tainment... At some point which remains unclear, the show wholly dipped into a scripted reality slant and became less about making a game, and more about creating drama for sake of the audience, less than one day out of the four blocked off for shooting available to sit down and jam... But that wasn't communicated to anyone, and through Polaris' local contacts, the developers were signed up and flown out to Culver City, where they awaited their first hurdle in Maker's legal department.
  15. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day Points of contention were numerous, but from what I've been able to gather from both sides, a huge issue was a clause that forced devs to avoid self-representation in any form of digital media during the time period the show was originally supposed to be broadcast... Another clause allowed for willful misrepresentation for the sake of drama, something that could sink the developers' careers. Another required devs to travel around on Maker's timetable in the event interviews, talk shows or reunion episodes were required, but if anyone lived less than 200 miles away, they would have to foot the travel expenses themselves. Still more was a lifetime barrier against defamatory language against the company, even if something went horribly wrong.
  16. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability The contract was full of corporate legalese. There were clauses about being allowed to misrepresent us in any way on any topic for 'dramatic effect'. There were sections barring developers from appearing on any form of broadcast media for a period of time longer than anyone should be comfortable with (honestly even any time was too much time). Many of the participants were the sole faces of their company. We, off the bat, would be risking our reputations – our livelihoods – to participate in this jam.
  17. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day But no one, not a single person there, expected Matti to push the stuff so unnaturally, barring any drink that wasn't water or Dew from being consumed while the cameras were rolling. Even the development manna that is coffee was barred from set, and if anyone wanted some, they had to leave their workstations and get it... Davey was forced to take off his nail polish because he couldn't hold the can with it on. Zoe had to take off the buttons she usually wears on her jacket, but shouted down a PA who tried to make her cover her tattoos. The Arcane Kids were screamed at for not holding bottles right, while the entire group was lectured on how to properly smile like you're enjoying the product – a product that everyone was enjoying less and less.
  18. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability I was underneath a Mountain Dew sign, watching a team win their Mountain Dew lawn chairs where they could sip on their brand new Dew Pack of Mountain Dew... The product placement and forcing of the brand onto us was over the top. I understand who was sponsoring it and where the money to produce this event was coming from, but when I am no longer allowed to have easy access to water in order to hydrate myself after sweating under bright lights for hours because it wasn't Mountain Dew, then we have a problem.
  19. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day The rigs were the same ones I use to capture game footage for reviews, normally fairly powerful machines able to handle huge processing loads, but someone had filled them with unregistered copies of Premiere and flooded everything with viruses. One machine instantly crashed when the USC team tried to plug a USB stick into it, halting production for almost an hour as assistants scrambled to purchase licenses and wipe the malware.
  20. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day JonTron and Zoe butting heads was something I was worried about from the second I saw their team line-up. Tensions were high, and everyone was out of their element, but if any two personalities weren't going to gel, it was them. And they didn't, to no one's surprise, but the pair quickly left to talk in the hall, instead of letting it sour the group dynamic... The second their feet left the competition floor, however, something happened that I didn't expect: cameras. Cameras from every angle and direction... and all of it filmed for what would likely be some of that legal 'misrepresentation.' Zoe was horrified... The potential backlash of being 'the bitch with a beef against JonTron' was all at once shockingly real, and by even having it on film, the risk for a fight to be cut into the show began to grow on everyone's mind. Jon didn't want that. Zoe definitely didn't want that. Serrato, Umetani and the many producers spectating didn't want that, and it went against everything game jams stood for - but Matti pushed the angle.
  21. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day There was will left to go on, but it was fading fast... then, once again, Matti. 'Two of the other teams have women on them. Do you think they're at a disadvantage?' Silence. It was like the wind was sucked out of the room behind the barrier, but the floor was so loud, only the two all-male teams heard the question.
  22. Soundself Blog - &quo;GAME_JAM" and the Power of Integrity Matti: 'Do you think you're at an advantage because you have a pretty lady on your team?' I declined to answer. He pressed. Adriel curtly told him that his question was offensive.
  23. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability He is also the one who asked my team the following question: 'Do you think you're at an advantage because you have a pretty girl on your team?' All love to my teammates as they declined to engage. But, after pushing more – he got a rise out of me.
  24. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day Zoe pulled me aside with Davey and Tom as she demanded Matti's head on a stick. Adriel was livid. Robin wanted blood. And as the developers shared experiences the others didn't know about, a strange thing began to happen between them that at once solidified what games are all about and doomed Polaris and Maker's program. They formed ranks and revolted.
  25. Soundself Blog - "GAME_JAM" and the Power of Integrity Zoe was out because her ethical code wouldn't indulge the hypocrisy of staying. Adriel was out because she didn't feel she could safely be herself on the set. Davey Wreden... was out because he was there to support Zoe, and wasn't interested in participating without her. Being asked if I was definitely out made me query myself... Zoe's impassioned articulation of the problem as she saw it reminded me of my own values and gave me the courage to make them a priority.
  26. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability After airing our grievances with the production, there were four of us who immediately dropped out. Me and the other woman as well as one person from each of our respective teams. The rest tried to salvage what was there, but the four of us were out.
  27. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day The rest of the night was an odd blur of Polaris folks, Maker production staff and YouTubers trying to wrap their heads around what was happening... Many folks tried to offer compromises or change the programming bloc entirely to game development.
  28. Soundself Blog - "GAME_JAM" and the Power of Integrity There was debate about what to do, and counter-debate over what degree we could even trust Maker Studio (the YouTube giant that owns Polaris – now a subsidiary of Disney) to follow through on our demands. Possible solutions were aired, and while we had an honest space to communicate, we didn't get a clear solution until one of the developers asked for a show of hands of who was definitely leaving.
  29. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability Let's talk about accountability
  30. Adriel Wallick blog - Let's talk about accountability The day that followed was a constant stream of the production team offering up new ideas on how to 'fix' the situation. Each offer was slightly more desperate than the last, as it came to light throughout the day just how grim their situation was.
  31. Zoe Quinn blog - Unreality: My Takeaways After Being On and Subsequently Walking Off a Reality Show About Game Jams My most tangible takeaway is probably this: I want to run a game jam. Not now, but after pax east and after I've recharged a bit. I'd like to find charismatic Let's Play people, a couple of video cameras, a huge + cheap rentable house, and a group of indies. I'd love to have the LPers do what they're so often so brilliant at and bridge the gap between the games and the audience, and do it super low-tech, low-budget, documentary style. Capture the inspiration, the hard work, the 3am delirium and the dumb jokes that come with it. Show people how we all band together and support each other through the deadline. That's what I want to show the world about game jams.
  32. Rebel Jam
  33. Overview for rebelgamejam.com
  34. Indie Statik - How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day A lot of heavy shit came out, and by the end of it all, Maker, Polaris and the dev teams had said their peace and resolved to move forward... later. Polaris had a good idea, and their people had won everyone over with their dedication and perseverance to getting game development out there where people could see it. Maker could make that happen. Zoe and Davey spoke to some of the higher-ups and figured out a hypothetical compromise way down the line, one that would stay true to the original spirit of the show, and while it didn't fix the leveled production now, it was at least something.
  35. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:09 PM 28 Feb 2014
  36. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:40 PM 28 Feb 2014
  37. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:41 PM 28 Feb 2014
  38. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:39 PM 28 Feb 2014
  39. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:33 PM 28 Feb 2014
  40. Zoe Quinn twitter - 4:58 PM 28 Feb 2014
  41. Zoe Quinn twitter - 5:00 PM 28 Feb 2014
  42. Jonathan Ross twitter - 4:36 PM 28 Feb 2014
  43. APG Gaming - Truth In Gaming: An Interview with The Fine Young Capitalists My name Matthew Rappard does not appear on the current site or the previous site for TFYC, and I would have preferred to be a silent partner.
  44. TFYC twitter - 4:48 PM 5 Sep 2014
  45. APG Gaming - Truth In Gaming: An Interview with The Fine Young Capitalists We contacted Zoe a total of 5 times before the start of the crowdfunding, twice by phone and twice by email, and once through Chloi. Before the crowdfunding portion started, we also sent Emails to Chloi and Maya Felix Kramer explaining we would not engage in crowdfunding if they deemed the project exploitative, nether responded. One of Zoe's emails explained that we would hire her as a consultant on a project, it was not returned.
  46. TFYC twitter - 10:04 PM 14 Oct 2014
  47. SillySladar comments on Depression Quest dev claims harassment and misogyny. Facts come out showing she's lying
  48. Screencap of over 40 tweets disparaging TFYC. Zoe Quinn. Twitter. Screencap on Imgur.
  49. "I posted 4 tweets saying I didn't know how I felt about their approach." Zoe Quinn. Twitter. 24 Aug 2014.
  50. Zoe Quinn twitter - 7:39 PM 27 Aug 2014
  51. Zoe Quinn/TFYC emails (27–28 August 2014)
  52. APG Gaming - Truth In Gaming: An Interview with The Fine Young Capitalists At the time, we felt that since PAX was such an important part of Zoe's work life that we should make a statement on the situation. We asked for a phone call. Zoe wanted us to deny that she had doxxed us, we said we wouldn't lie but would make a statement. Zoe then proceeded to bribe us by saying that she would speak about us at PAX if we [change] the statement.
  53. Zoe Quinn/TFYC emails (28–29 August 2014)
  54. On Zoe Quinn - Our last statement
  55. SillySladar comments on Depression Quest dev claims harassment and misogyny. Facts come out showing she's lying (edited)
  56. TFYC twitter - 4:55 PM 5 Sep 2014
  57. Zoe Quinn/TFYC emails (3-5 Sep, 2014)
  58. APG Gaming - Truth In Gaming: An Interview with The Fine Young Capitalists On September 2 we contacted an interactive/television producer that worked on video games that was interested in helping Zoe with Rebel Jam and to provide funding for the project. Zoe did not respond to 3 emails and 1 text asking if she'd like to have a meeting with the producer. We felt extremely used at this point.
  59. On Apologizing for Getting Punched in The Face
  60. Zoe Quinn twitter - 8:59 PM 14 Oct 2014 (1/2)
  61. Zoe Quinn twitter - 8:59 PM 14 Oct 2014 (2/2)
  62. TFYC twitter - 10:04 PM 14 Oct 2014
  63. Zoe Quinn twitter - 11:08 PM 14 Oct 2014
  64. Gjoni comment on TheZoePost origins. Reddit. r/SRSGaming. Sun Aug 24 17:31:18 2014 UTC
  65. Zoe is alerted about SA thread about her
  66. Stephen Totilo blog post - 21 August 2014
  67. Framed press kit
  68. Hell hath no fury like a lover's scorn (Zoe Quinn & Eron Gjoni)
  69. Zoe Quinn is a liar
  70. Depression Quest dev claims harassment and misogyny. Facts come out showing she's lying.
  71. MundaneMatt tumblr - 18 Aug 2014
  72. Screenshot published on Depression Quest website
  73. Hell hath no fury like a lover's scorn (RE-UPLOAD)
  74. MundaneMatt tumblr - 21 Aug 2014
  75. Quinnspiracy Theory: The Five Guys Saga
  76. Quinnspiracy Theory: The Five Guys Saga (reddit)
  77. Adam Baldwin twitter - 6:22 PM 27 Aug 2014
  78. 2013 Festival Games
  79. 2013 Festival Organizers
  80. Admission Quest: Valve Greenlights 50 More Games
  81. GDC 2014 Session Scheduler
  82. The RPS End Of GDC Spectacularmathon, Pt 1
  83. The Indie Game Reality TV Show That Went To Hell
  84. Zoe Quinn twitter - 11:48 PM 30 Mar 2014
  85. Zoe Quinn/Eron Gjoni Facebook chat log - 6:58 PM 14 Jul 2014
  86. Tweets between Zoe Quinn and Patricia Hernandez dated to 9 March 2013
  87. Woman Puts Deus Ex On Computer Chip In Her Hand
  88. Patricia Hernandez writes about Depression Quest
  89. Developer Zoe Quinn offers real-world advice, support for dealing with online harassment
  90. Ben Kuchera's Patreon
  91. About - Polygon
  92. Philip Kollar's Patreon
  93. Zoe Quinn twitter - 10:23 13 Oct 2014
  94. Zoe Quinn twitter - 10:26 13 Oct 2014 (1/2)
  95. Zoe Quinn twitter - 10:26 13 Oct 2014 (2/2)
  96. HuffPost Live #GamerGate Editon (Guest: Brianna Wu, HotWheels, Erik Kain)
  97. 4chan reacts to Quinn's doxxing
  98. 4chan shows the doxx is fake
  100. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 209a
  101. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 258e
  102. Tweet replies by Eron Gjoni.
  103. How to be based, sangfroid and levelheaded as you blow up the internet.
  104. a b I went to Eron's hearing on Tuesday...
  105. Act 3
  106. Zoe Quinn affidavit text
  107. it seems that Wus legal defense fund goes right into ZQs account (archive)
  108. Slatz, Anna (September 8, 2019). “EXCLUSIVE: Zoe Quinn’s allegations are falling apart” ‘The Post Millennial.’ Retrieved September 12, 2019 (archive)
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  110. The Hand Eye Society about page The Hand Eye Society Retrieved September 12, 2019 (archive)

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