Is Gamergate winding down? If you look at the #gamergate hashtag on Twitter, it would seem not, as it continues to be a constant stream of people pushing a reactionary agenda while claiming to advocate for ethics in gaming journalism. But there's reason to believe that the movement is rapidly losing its effectiveness. In October, Gamergate was able to organize its online shock troops to persuade companies to pull their ads from websites they deemed unfriendly. This month, however, they are not finding the same success.
Game developer and critic Mattie Brice—who is an outspoken "social justice warrior," to use the derogatory term employed by so many Gamergaters for the outspoken liberals they're against—was one of hundreds of judges for the Independent Games Festival.