WASHINGTON:- Two forums on online harassment in the gaming industry have been cancelled by the South by Southwest festival in the wake of “threats” against them, organisers said. The interactive festival’s director Hugh Forrest made the announcement Monday to scrap the discussion panels at the March 2016 event in Austin, Texas. The move comes a year after the “Gamergate” affair, which involved a spate of threats and harassment of those criticizing the way women are depicted in video games.–AFP

The discussion panels scheduled at the interactive technology event were “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” and “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games.” Forrest said that SXSW organizers “had hoped that hosting these two discussions in March 2016 in Austin would lead to a valuable exchange of ideas on this very important topic.” But he noted that “in the seven days since announcing these two sessions, SXSW has received numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming.”