Gamergate Supporters Tried To Send A SWAT Team To A Critic’s House, Got The Wrong Address

Last Friday night, about 20 police officers responded to a tip that an armed man was holding people hostage in a home in southwest Portland — only to determine that the call was actually a hoax and nothing was actually going on.

The hoax was perpetrated by members of the 8chan board, which rose to prominence during the whole Gamergate thing. The target was meant to be Grace Lynn, a critic of the movement known as “Devi Ever.” Except she actually didn’t live there. She used to live there, but now she lives in California. They just sent a SWAT team to a completely random person’s home. Because that’s how you do ethics in games journalism, I guess.

This practice of calling 911 and falsely reporting crimes at houses of people one disagrees with is called “swatting.” It is apparently a popular activity amongst these people, who obviously have very fulfilling and happy lives.

Lynn, a trans woman, was initially a supporter of Gamergate, and was active in the #notyourshield hashtag. She says she held some misogynistic views, but got a “wake-up call” when the movement turned on transgender people as well.

“I was a misogynist,” she said. “I felt degraded as a trans-woman. I grew up with the stupid, stupid idea that women had privilege. So I joined in. I thought I was punching up at other women who were more privileged than I was.”

She says she became a target when she asked Gamergate supporters to stop attacking women and transgender people. Which of course they never do, because this is all about ethics in games journalism. Or ethics in prank 911 calls. One of the two. It is certainly not at all suspicious that those still screeching about Gamergate are by and large MRAs like Mike Cernovich who don’t even care about video games to begin with.

The charming 8channers who targeted Lynn have since moved on to doxxing Ars Technia writer Nathan Mattise, who first wrote about the swatting, and to trying to find out here Lynn’s family lives in order to harass them. Because ethics in games journalism. [Gawker]

[Ars Technia, RawStory]