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SXSW Apologizes and Reinstates Online Gaming Harassment Panels With Day-Long Summit

SXSW Apologizes and Reinstates Online Gaming Harassment Panels With Day-Long Summit

After unceremoniously canceling a pair of slated panels on online gaming harassment after a series of “numerous threats of on-site violence,” SXSW has placed the previously rescinded panels back on the schedule. 

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Four days after their cancellation (and the considerable online blowback for the decision), SXSW released a statement apologizing for sending the message that “SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it.” The festival has announced a day-long online harassment summit set to take place at SXSW 2016, including the previously scheduled panels.

The summit will include Randi Harper, Katherine Cross and Caroline Sinders from “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games,” as well as Perry Jones, Mercedes Carrera, and Lynn Walsh from “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community.” You can read the entire list of confirmed contributors here

The events will take place on March 12. SXSW will provide a livestream for the event. 

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