SXSW Interactive has cancelled two sessions for the 2016 event entitled “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” and “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games.”
In the seven days since announcing these two sessions, SXSW has received numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming.
In a statement the convention organisers said that SXSW Interactive means that dialogue needed to be “civil and respectful. “
“If people cannot agree, disagree and embrace new ways of thinking in a safe and secure place that is free of online and offline harassment, then this marketplace of ideas is inevitably compromised,” the statement said.
Maintaining civil and respectful dialogue within the big tent is more important than any particular session, it added.
So clearly a win for internet terror campaigns. Apparently all you have to do to silence opposition to your backward misogynistic ideas is put in a few calls making threats and your opposition will give in.
Clearly SXSW did not realise that the people running anti-women campaigns like gamergate were bullies. The moment they realised it, they did what any tech people do when faced with bullies – they surrender and turn over their lunch money before they are given a wedgie.