Gamergate didn't have a name until the ZQ bullshit, but it did exist.
People were pissed off with the IGF because over many years, it became clear that the contest was rigged and THIS IS A CONTEST THAT HAS AN ENTRANCE FEE.
People got pissed with other similar contests held by the IGDA. They got pissed off with the cliche bullshit and kotaku, polygon and gamasutra outlets.
There was already cases of developers being threatened, ignored, blacklisted and bullied over artwork. ( Divinity original sin's team was told to remove the provocative armor or face media silence(death). )
Phil Fish was essentially a common walk around joke.
Plenty of liberal authoritarian moral guardian types were harassed, and did the harassing, but until ZQ, there was no "Racism!" or "Sexism!" angle to use as a defense because the majority of these guys are still white people, and the most vocal tend to be men trying to win points with the women in that circle.
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