Java developer Anvil Studios has announced it will cease releasing new software products.
Anvil Studios, a studio founded by the creators of the popular indie game The Unfinished Swan, said in a blog post that it will not be releasing new Java and Java SE software products, citing the “unfavorable” impact Gamergate’s Gamergate movement has had on its business.
Gamergate has been raging since late October, when an online harassment campaign led by a vocal minority of female developers and gamers led to widespread protests at game companies and online forums.
The hashtag #NotYourShield began trending as harassment of women in games began to escalate.
The harassment culminated in the mass shooting at a game developer’s San Francisco home last month, when a gunman fatally shot himself in front of his wife and young daughter.
Gamergaters accused the developers of supporting a misogynistic movement that sought to “perpetuate gender-based violence.”
They said the harassment had been manufactured by the developer community.
An early-stage project at Anvil was a game called The Undone Swan.
Anvil’s game, which has been in development for more than three years, is the first to include a female character.
The Unfinished Swan was also developed by the company’s sister company, Anvil Arts.
An earlier Anvil game, the multiplayer-focused title The Unseen, was also released for the iPhone and Android devices.
An Unfinished Swan, which launched last year for iOS, was released in 2017 on PC, and is currently available for Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
An in-development iOS game called Unseen is due out later this year.
The announcement comes as the number of people who have been victims of Gamergate have grown exponentially.
In the first nine months of this year, there were over 100,000 active Gamergate supporters on Twitter, a number that has doubled since the beginning of the year.
Gamergers say the movement has been targeting women and minorities, including minorities in the gaming community.
The #Notyourshield campaign, launched by an online group called #NotAllGamers, aims to shut down the hashtag, and to call attention to the disproportionate impact of Gamergate on women and people of color.
The group claims it has more than 6.6 million followers on Twitter.
Anarchist collective Anonymous said in its manifesto that it would target the hashtag.
Anonymous has also taken a more direct stance against Gamergate, releasing a video calling for people to stop engaging with Gamergate supporters.
“We know you’re not going to believe this, but we’ve been targeting #NotallGamers since they started harassing us,” an Anonymous spokesman said in the video.
“The reason they are harassing us is because we are targeting #notallgamers, we are not targeting #all men.
#Not all men.
We are targeting all men who are #GamerGate supporters.”
Anvil said it would “no longer be issuing refunds” to users who purchase a game that includes Gamergate-themed content, including The Unbroken Swan.
It said that it has already refunded users who bought The Unwatched, a game developed by its sister company.
Anil Studios, which was founded in 2013, has released several titles under the title Anvil: The Awakening.
The studio is now in the process of developing a new game, An Unwanted Child, which it has described as a spiritual successor to The Unforgiven, its previous game.