Threats of violence prompted the cancellation of two gaming-focused panel discussions that were scheduled to be a part of South By Southwest Interactive in March of 2016.

Both “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games” and “SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community” have been pulled from the festival’s lineup, SXSW Interactive director Hugh Forest confirms.

“We 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,” Forest writes. “However, in the seven days since announcing these two sessions, SXSW has received numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming.” Read more…

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SXSW Interactive cancels two gaming panels following threats of violence