Blizzard CEO on Gamergate [3]

Kotaku article- https://archive.today/GIBuA

As many of you may have seen, there are many articles recently about Blizzard Entertainment’s president and CEO, Michael Morhaime, denouncing Gamergate. However, I would like to point out that during the speech, he never mentioned Gamergate by name. Related transcript below.

“I’d like to take a moment to talk about something serious. Over the past couple months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things. They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they have been tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It’s not right. Blizzcon is a great example of how positive and uplifting gaming can be. Let’s carry the good the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round. There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. 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.”

Depending on your stance towards Gamergate, this can go one of two ways.
If you are against Gamergate, it’s very easy to assume that he is speaking about Gamergate as an online harassment campaign.
If you are for Gamergate, it’s just as easy to assume that he is either speaking of the 3rd party trolls or the online community in general.

It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly he meant. There isn’t much proof either way, so don’t fight too much over this.

Regardless of your stance, the true message we can all take away from it is very clear, and one that we can all agree on unequivocally.

“There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. 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.”

Behind every username is another person with their own views and opinions. Disagreements should not equal disrespect. This applies to everyone, whether your pro gamergate, anti gamergate, or just don’t care about gamergate. There is no excuse for harassment of any kind, EVER. Negativity only breeds more negativity and the internet is overflowing with it. It is up to every person to be kind and promote a healthier online environment by following a couple simple steps.

  1. Start up conversations.
  2. Listen to their opinions.
  3. Acknowledge and respect where they’re coming from.
  4. Part on amicable terms.
  5. Profit??

If everyone followed these guidelines, then perhaps Gamergate would’ve been over by now.

Updates

4:27: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj4ghK3mFrk&feature=youtu.be&channel=TotalHalibut Clip of after show discussion.
The host, Geoff Keighley, is the one who mentioned Gamergate and then moved on to talking about the announcements. Morhaime himself never said a word in regards to whether his speech was about Gamergate or not. Whether you still believe he was implying Gamergate is up to you. However, articles, such as Joystiq, are WRONG in saying that he confirmed that he was talking about Gamergate.

3:50pm- According to TotalBiscuit tweets
“FYI, claims that Mike said after the show on the DirectTV stage that he was specifically referring to are factually false.”
“Geoff Keighley said it and then immediately moved onto “announcements” Mike did not say anything.”
“Mikes deliberate decision not to mention it should be telling. He condemns harassment and supports gamers. 100% supportive of that.”
“If you wish to find proof, those with the virtual ticket can rewind the VoD. Liveblogs are misrepresenting the after-show discussion”
“Now if he mentioned it later on, I’d love for you show the evidence of that. I will record and upload the clip from the VoD, gimme a min”

3:25- According to Joystiq-11:52AM As a final note, the DirecTV stage with Mike Morhaime as a guest confirms he was speaking out against GamerGate during the introductions of the opening ceremony. The group is mentioned by name.

FAQS

If he wasn’t talking about Gamergate, why didn’t he stop the host and clarify it.
1. Keighley very quickly mentioned Gamergate and then moved on to talking about announcements. There was no chance for clarification.
2. The interview was live on the air. Interrupting the host to go back to the Gamergate point would have disrupted the flow.
3. It is much better PR-wise to not take an official stance in regards to Gamergate. If he tried to clarify that he wasn’t talking about Gamergate, many people would take that as him being favorable towards Gamergate which would have hurt his convention/company.

Who is Geoff Keighley? Is he related to Blizzard?
Keighley is a videogame journalist who is currently the host of Spike TV’s GTTV. He is also known as the “Dorito Pope.” He has no relation to Blizzard and does not represent them in any way.

Which sites falsely reported that Morhaime confirmed that he was talking about Gamergate?
https://archive.today/Lygl5- WOW Insider.
https://archive.today/HOPbi- Joystiq
At best, they were simply misinformed and didn’t check their sources (considering the text is exactly the same). At worst they were deliberately misrepresenting Morhaime’s stance for their own anti-GG agenda.

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