Blizzard boss wades into Gamergate

558_L-narikoBlizzard Entertainment’s president and CEO Michael Morhaime surprised the software industry by referring negatively to Gamergate.

For those who came in late, Gamergate is a campaign by backward misogynistic gamers to chase women from the industry with death threats and online harassment so that they can continue to play games where big-breasted women are saved by men. All this is done under a pretext that women gaming journalists are corrupt.

Morhaime has to be careful, after all, he sells many games to people who support Gamergate and have views about women which make cavemen look enlightened. He did not mention he was talking about Gamergate but it is not difficult to spot the thread.

“Over the past couple months; there’s been a  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,” Morhaime added—speaking to his company’s long-running convention dedicated to its small but enormously popular handful of games. “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,” he continued, making a strong reference to the online harassment that has flared up unpleasantly in recent months. “They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters.”

“Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment,” Morhaime said.

“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.”