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Blizzard CEO on GamerGate: "They are tarnishing our reputations as gamers"

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Mike Morhaime BlizzCon 2014

During the BlizzCon 2014 opening ceremony this morning, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime addressed GamerGate, calling out "a small group of people" which has been "doing really awful things and making some people's lives miserable."

Though Morhaime didn't specifically say "GamerGate," he notes that this has been occurring "over the past couple of months," making it entirely clear that he's referring to the Twitter hashtag which has, since August, represented a campaign ostensibly meant to fight for ethics in games journalism.

The origin of the movement and actions of some GamerGate supporters, however, don't align with that goal: The banner has been used to demand that writers stop expressing social criticism, and most notably and despicably, harass journalists and developers, especially women, so far as to send death threats.

Morhaime didn't necessarily decry the entire movement, but he did decry the behavior most associated with it. "They are tarnishing our reputations as gamers," he said, concluding with a clear call to action:

"Let's take a stand to reject hate and harassment, and let's redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful to one another. And let's remind the world what the gaming community is really all about."

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.