The Fine Young Capitalists. You probably never heard of them and without #GamerGate it's likely you might not ever have. They're a pro-feminist group currently running a charity Game Jam to help get more women into the gaming industry. The Game Jam sees females pitching ideas to which the game community votes on the idea and the female-led design team called Autobotika, from Columbia, will turn that idea into a reality. It's a novel way to bridge positive female inclusion with community support within games culture. Gamers love the idea, but the media hasn't been very kind... at all.

In a recent interview with APGNation, Matthew Rappard spoke up on behalf of The Fine Young Capitalists, pouring forth a lot of information regarding the group's bumpy road throughout the year, their run-in with those associated with Silverstring Media, as well as getting support from one of the most unlikely places.

Earlier this year they tried launching the Game Jam to help get more women into gaming, but ran into opposition from a group who felt as if the whole thing was “transphobic”. The incident took place due to a lack of understanding on the side of the attackers and they suffered a similar fate to the WizardChan community. In the case of WizardChan, the incident was recently rectified in an updated post over on The Escapist.

Nevertheless, TFYC experienced harassment and had some personal information posted publicly without consent. If you search on Google, you'll find that before August, there were only two sites that covered them: Game Politics and GamesIndustry.biz.

According to Matthew...
“We were aware that there might be some blowback. We did not expect his level of blowback, specifically the claim of being transphobic. One business partner, not wanting the rest of his work to be referred to as transphobic, left the project. He was planning to contribute $10,000 dollars.“

“We immediately delayed launching the site for a week while we addressed these issues making sure our transgender policy was correct (it was checked by another human rights lawyer) and we went over our monetary policies, and they were all deemed fine.

“After the launch, it became extremely difficult to engage with an audience, because if you searched for our name especially on Twitter, then you will find long series of comments about how exploitative we were.”

“We had a difficult time engaging with video game design communities, inevitably being called scam artists and often our threads were closed without specific reasoning as to why.”

According to Matthew, he tried contacting multiple media outlets to try to get coverage for their IndieGoGo campaign, but was ignored. During this time, The Fine Young Capitalists IndieGoGo was hacked and shutdown multiple times, as noted by Tech Crunch.

Things finally kicked into gear when actor Adam Baldwin – who became an active participant in advocating better ethics in games media – sent out a tweet of support after finding out that the group was not being covered by games media, and was constantly under attack for unknown reasons.

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