Objections Called As Lawyer Enters The Ring Of #GamerGate

Last time I wrote about Gamergate, I covered the story of Sam Biddle a Senior Editor at Gawker. He was advocating for the bullying of a certain group of individuals— nerds. Proponents of GamerGate responded to this by donating to an anti-bullying charity, and since the time of writing have raised over $16,000. Two notable donators to this cause are John Bain (Totalbiscuit), a well known YouTube personality and FOV slider enthusiast, and a newcomer to the GamerGate discussion: Mike Cernovich.

Mike Cernovich is a trial lawyer who runs a website called Danger and Play, and a professed supporter of anti-bullying. In response to Biddle’s tweets, Cernovich directly issued a challenge: if Biddle accepts to engage in a one-time boxing match spanning three rounds with Cernovich, he would donate $10,000 to an anti-bullying charity regardless of the outcome of the match.

#GamerGate Mike Cernovcih's challenge

Sam Biddle has yet to respond.

Cernovich was serious about this and even went on to make a formal video challenge outlining the terms of the agreement. When Sam Biddle did not respond to this challenge, Cernovich decided to toss his hat in the ring anyway and challenge GamerGate, tweeting that he would donate $10 dollars to the GamerGate anti-bullying charity fund for every email or tweet sent to Gawker’s advertisers.

Mike Challenges #GamerGate

Mike Cernovich challenges #GamerGate to contact Gawker Advertisers

GamerGate responded overwhelmingly— at the time they were already sending emails to Gawker advertisers en masse. As the number of reported screencaps fulfilled the $1,000 limit, Cernovich posted a screen cap of an email between him and Crowdrise confirming his donation. Cernovich later updated his Reddit thread calling on supporters to raise another $1,000.

Mike provides proof to #GamerGate

Mike provides proof of Donation and challenges #GamerGate for thousand more.

Opponents of the GamerGate discussion criticized Cernovich’s actions as slacktivist— a particular comment suggested it was an example of weaponizing charities, or donating or sponsoring a cause with intent to spite critics.

#Gamegate accused of harassing people by giving money to charities

Can you really weaponize charity work?

Notably, John Bain (Totalbiscuit) took the time to record his thoughts on the notion of weaponizing charities and its implications in the GamerGate discussion despite recovering from his recent surgery.


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Editor’s Note: Since the time of publication, this article has been reviewed and edited for inaccuracies and perspective. (11/26/14)

Jeremy Effinger
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I am 26, a bibliophile, an amateur chef, and a gamer. I've gamed on the NES, SNES, PS1 and PS2 platforms, before switching to PC as my primary gaming platform. These days I tend to fill my gaming time playing Dota 2, and various RPGs of the WRPG or CRPG variety. I also enjoy the occasional shooter, open world game, 4x strategy games, stealth, and turn based games. I'm also an avid table top gamer and have been playing the same campaign weekly for the last four years.

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