Gamergate supporter receives death threats
Steven "Boogie2988" Williams, a popular YouTube gamer and a vocal supporter of some aspects of the #GamerGate hashtag campaign on Twitter, has revealed that he and his family have been repeatedly sent death threats, and is calling for peace from both sides.
"Just last night I deleted a youtube comment from a user who posted my home address and said he'd kill my wife and leave me to mourn," Williams tweeted this morning. "'you should report such things to the police.' I'd be on the phone every 2-3 days. They're already tired of the calls I've made," he continued.
This is largely a result of a video Williams posted on Twitter last week [language warning], condemning both #GamerGate supporters and opponents for an increasingly vitriolic situation. In the wake of that, Williams has continued to call for civility in the discussion. "I truly believe its time to start extending some olive branches and I'm glad to be that branch," he tweeted earlier this morning, prior to revealing the threats he received.
He has also reached out to Brianna Wu, a developer and #GamerGate opponent who was similarly threatened over the weekend, and Alexis G. Stodghill, producer of MSNBC's show The Reid Report, which featured Wu in the wake of the threats.
"Ok I'll stop tweeting for a bit and afk," Williams said, after revealing the threats. "But remember just because I have been threatened gives you no right to threaten back. BE KIND."