Jake Alley

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Jake Alley
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Age 37
Born Jacob Lawrence Alley
June 9, 1981
Residence Niantic, Connecticut
Occupation Game Developer
Web Presences
“The bottom line though is that I don't hate being in the position I am. It's that cynical optimism I mentioned earlier. I admit my life sucks by a lot of people's standards, sure. Most people who delve into my personal life say they'd hate to be in my shoes, I even had one person tell me he'd probably kill himself if he were, but I generally don't let it get to me. Does it bother me that I have no means of supporting myself? That I have to live off the generosity of family members? That the only money I ever have comes in birthday cards or donations from people reading this page? That my cousin has to pay 90% of the cost of my upcoming trip to Japan to go sight-seeing with him? Heck yes! I don't dwell on it though. Instead I look at the bright side of my life as it is. I have enough free time to pursue all sorts of creative interests. My mother is so easy going and hospitable that I can live in her house without either of us bothering each other. Those people who take the time to listen to what I say generally find they like to hear my thoughts. Plus one of these days I could hit upon a means of making a ton of money from home, or the internet economy could rally itself making RPGamer profitable, and I'd be sitting pretty. It's just a question of riding out the indefinite lull.
—Jake "Googleshng" Alley

Jake Alley, better-known by his handles of SecretGamerGirl, Googleshng and Violet Hargrave, is a tabletop game developer and Twitter activist affiliated with Crash Override Network, and hallmarked by his opposition to GamerGate. Alley claims to be transgendered solely for the purpose of insulating himself from criticism. He is decidedly male in both appearance and mannerisms and, like many of his associates, has shown zero intention of actually transitioning, going to far as to claim that Gender Dysphoria does not exist.[1] He was hallmarked for his incredibly aggressive attitude towards GamerGate supporters, wanting to see the hashtag's followers arrested and disenfranchised. Ironically, despite continually advocating for escalation against GamerGate, Jake Alley would eventually be kicked out of Crash Override Network himself for running afoul of the group, thereafter alternating between complaining about being blocked by his one-time allies and begging for one of them in particular to take him back, in a fashion best-described as obsessive.

Many have rightly compared Jake Alley's behavior to that performed by the Incel crowd, as he tries everything from begging and suicide threats to threatening to air CON's offenses to get Zoe Quinn to re-open lines of communication with him. Humorously, it was Jake's desire to be a professional victim, alongside his fellows in Crash Override, that led his identity to be discovered in the first place.

Alley first came to the Kiwi Farms' attention because of his ridiculous and often hysterical long-form rants on Twitter - initially, against GamerGate, but later, on behalf of his fellow professional victims in the Norasphere, where he goes to extravagant lengths to white knight their actions - for example, he denies that Nora Reed did anything wrong in hijacking the Social Coroner Twitter account (the incident that led to him being banned from Crash Override Network). Many of these rants contain content so insane that they are practically memes in and of themselves, such as claiming GamerGate supporters were all "rape advocaters, white supremacists, and aspiring serial killers," and stating that they wish to reduce women to sex slaves.[2] He was also instrumental in helping get evidence of Sarah Nyberg's pedophilia removed from the Web Citation archives, simply because Nyberg happened to be a GamerGate opponent.[3]

Identity Confirmation

Jake Alley exposed in the Patreon Leaks.

Secret Gamer Girl is Jake Alley of Niantic, Connecticuit. Two other known aliases currently being used are Violet Hargrave, which appears to be a rebranding of sorts used as a penname for articles written about pen and paper games and Googleshng, a username with an online footprint going back to 2006. The most obvious piece of evidence comes from the 2015 Patreon data leak. In it, e-mail addresses, private messages and payment history was included. Using these leaks, we can see that SecretGamerGirl used the e-mail address "jakealley@gmail.com." This email address, when Google searched, leads right to a bunch of World Domination LLC's stuff, including their old website,[4] and links to Googleshng's Talking Time posts trying to get playtesters, proving that Jake Alley is both Secret Gamer Girl and Googleshng.

Attempts to discern Jake's identity first began on the Kiwi Farms soon after his exposure in the Crash Override Network Log Leaks. It was noted that Jake had a number of mannerisms that suggested a prior history on the Internet, and the Farms quickly got to work analyzing the CON logs themselves. One thing became apparent extremely quickly: Secret Gamer Girl had a history in traditional gaming and was demoing a card game of some sort at cons, and had worked on some kind of game project that had fallen through:

[01/01/2015, 10:21:37 AM] Secret Gamer Girl: Seriously- I worked on this one card game, had it pretty much where I wanted it, was running demos at cons, attempting to hire artists, a year or goes by waiting on people to get back in touch with me on art contracting, I go screw it, I'll just do my own illustrations, Tweak the rules a bit, fix the issue that'd been bugging me, start looking for printers... "Hey! Congratulations on getting that game in stores!" I don't know if it's just a REALLY nasty coincidence, or someone was really paying attention when I was running demos but there's an S on the name

[01/01/2015, 10:25:15 AM] Secret Gamer Girl: and the big expensive game that kinda ruined me financially kinda had the same thing happen, although there at least mine was technically on the market for a year first

[24/12/2014, 3:05:28 PM] Secret Gamer Girl: the server for the official site of these games of mine went down without warning a year or two ago, and I've frankly been too depressed to fix it, but... I may also have missed this final notice from godaddy on the domain itself this month

Jake Alley at GX East, alongside Katherine Cross (on the far right).

Googleshng was well-known in the traditional gaming community, as the head of one "World Domination LLC,"[5] and their two biggest projects of note were a board game called "The Massive versus the Masses," and a card game called Red Shirt. Red Shirt matches the card game that Secret Gamer Girl claimed to be "beaten to the punch" on, as evidence shows that Googleshng was playtesting the game at cons,[6] and is only one letter off from the card game Redshirts.[7] A thread on Talking Time chronicles exactly when it was revealed that Googleshng was beaten to the punch, and he did not take it well at all.[8] Similarly, it was quickly determined that the very game that Jake was saying he lost big on was Massive Versus the Masses, as he had been beaten to the punch by Privateer Press and its game Monsterpocalypse.[9] He complained vociferously about it, often declaring that Privateer Press had stolen from him.[10]

Evidence further started to pile up due to their speech patterns online; Googleshng had an interesting verbal quirk wherein he would use the old English term "yon" frequently, to the point where it was complained about by his associates.[11] SecretGamerGirl has the exact same habit on Twitter.[12]

Secret Gamer Girl would later go on to attend GenCon, and would demand that nobody take photographs of her.[13] Later, Katherine Cross would discuss the game Massive versus the Masses, which demoed at GenCon and was reported to be the work of one Jake Lawrence Alley - the same name tied to Googleshng previously, cementing that Jake Alley was both users.[14] Cross would go on to explain that, yes, she played the game at GenCon, which Secret Gamer Girl had also attended.[15] Secret Gamer Girl would like Cross' review on the game later, further establishing that they're the same people.[16] Jake Alley can also be seen at GX East, sitting with Cross.

Violet Hargrave and Internet Presence

Jake has said his body hair and mass makes him look "sometimes" like a woman.[17]

Main Article: Ta-Da! A Sci-Fi Transformation!, The Myth of the Anonymous Troll

One of Jake Alley's most common activities on the internet is using a false claim of being transgendered in order to allow him to engage in identity politics. This was a centerpiece of his involvement with Crash Override Network, is a major component of his involvement with the Norasphere, and remains a major aspect of his online persona. He has been published as a self-proclaimed "expert" in #Trans: An Anthology About Transgender and Nonbinary Identity Online. He also wrote The Myth of the Anonymous Troll in the essay compilation Queer Privacy. When writing for online publications, Jake does so under the pen name Violet Hargrave.[18] Jake first started claiming to be trans around 2010, when he claimed to be "possibly a hermaphrodite" in his blog.[19]

Like many other people of interest, Jake is a Twitter addict. He spends 16 hours a day on the platform, on average,[20] In less than four years, he's made over 105,000 tweets, averaging 71 tweets per day.

Like Brianna Wu, he tends to overexaggerate his actual talent and experience, describing himself as a "talented freelancer for trans issues."[21] He also claims to have worked in "Games and Games Journalism for 20 years."[22] Most of this is done to run interference on behalf of his associates, who, in turn, do the same for him, as evidenced by an incident in which Nora Reed tried to intercede on Jake's behalf.[23] Despite this, he's been turned down by VICE on several occasions.[24] Despite his kibitzing, Jake Alley is perpetually unemployed, and sees little trouble mooching off his parents; in a blog post in which he covered a co-worker that committed suicide, he found it strange that they'd kill themselves over financially imposing on their own family.[25] Jake has only actually worked one job - a stocker/cleanup position at a grocery store[26] - which he was fired from for skipping out halfway through his shift.[27] He refers to his unpaid work for the likes of RPGamer[28] and CON as actual work, for which Jake was never truly paid. His initial support for CON, by his own admission in the storify post he put up condemning it, was initially intended to be angled towards being his first step towards economic independence.

During his time working for CON (and long after his ejection therefrom), Jake portrayed himself as an expert in harassment prevention, a role he effectively undermined when he was caught being involved in the very same things he was accusing the GamerGate hashtag of.[29] Much of Jake's work for CON involved him pushing the narrative that GamerGate was nothing but a harassment campaign centered around harassment,[30] and decrying the hashtag itself as "stupid," despite constantly attempting to work counter-actions against it in private.[31] He was big on demanding that GamerGate supporters publicly apologize for their wrongdoing,[32] and repeatedly argued that opposing his associates in any way meant that the hashtag as a whole hated all women,[33] As he was especially aggressive in his actions against the Hashtag, it should be unsurprising that he's often found with other CON orbiters who were exiled from the clique, including David Gallant, Dan Olson, and Israel Galvez.[34] Like them, he was repeatedly caught being involved in the same behavior he accused GamerGate of. Even after GamerGate's end in 2015, Jake Alley constantly treated the hashtag as a legitimate threat, claiming that the hashtag campaign itself was the work of Nazis.[35][36] He is also known for being involved with attempts to bury evidence of Sarah Nyberg's self-admitted pedophilia.[37]

One thing true of both pre-and-post CON Jake Alley is his habit of producing gigantic Twitter threads and Tumblr posts; these are a centerpiece of his online activity, and now are affectionately dubbed "Googleshnging" by those familiar with him, in recognition of one of his other online personas. Fittingly as someone who threw his lot in with the professional victims and serial harassers of Crash Override Network, Jake has created a host of completely fictitious incidents that are intended to make him seem as oppressed as humanly possible, which are often so ludicrous as to defy reason, constantly portraying himself as being the target of both bigoted hate groups and over-enthusiastic potential romantic partners at the same time; the bulk of these seem to be geared towards keeping Jake's actual identity as nebulous as possible. Good examples of Jake's attempts to use this strategy include repeated claims of being concerned about "tranny chasers" despite Jake being visibly a male with a full beard and no intention of transitioning,[38][39] claiming to have been "thrown down ravines" and had dogs sicced on him as a child because of his gender,[40] And the nigh-endless claim that his life is in danger for standing up against GamerGate, frequently saying that he is at risk of being raped and murdered due to being an ever-so-vulnerable transwoman.[41][42][43][44][45][46] He does not limit this behavior and has signed up on various websites just to declare how he, a delicate transwoman, puts her life in danger every time she uses a public restroom.[47] When confronted, he tends to also claim he's suicidal.[48] He has, on multiple occasions, claimed there are no biological differences between men and women.[49]

A nice example of Jake Alley in action.

Alley's online persona is centered on reaching out for as much coverage as he can get while at the same time trying to portray himself as perpetually at-risk, such as his posting in which he claims he should be considered a "token woman" invited to podcasts and streams of RPGs as a trans representative (provided they screen their users so Jake is not raped, of course).[50] Not even his own family is safe from him doing this; his cult-like mindset regarding his embrace of identity politics was commented on by his mother, who was concerned he had joined an actual cult.[51] Jake later responded by claiming that his mother is a bigot for daring question his gender identity. This is especially ironic as all evidence currently shows that Jake lives in Niantic with his mother, who he shows gratitude towards by insulting her at every opportunity and claiming she's a transphobe for not going along with his delusions that he's secretly a beautiful woman.[52][53][54] Jake's family has a longstanding policy of never giving Jake money, due to his complete incapacity to get a job or show financial independence.[55] In June of 2018, Jake admitted that he was no longer allowed near the children of his family members due to his association with people like Zinnia Jones and others who actively push early transitioning, over fears he would encourage their children to transition.[56] Given Jake's obsession with "hatching" vulnerable individuals, this is not an unfounded concern.

When not trying actively to bolster he and his associates' careers, he attempts to drum up pity for himself on Twitter, often plugging his Patreon and begging for users to buy him various items he wants but lacks the money for. Humorously, despite his constant insistence that he is, in fact, trans, much of the Twitterati sees right through his lies, and Jake struggles for even a fraction of the influence other members of the Rat Kings have on social media. On the rare occasion Jake takes on a target that's too big to handle, he quickly backs off.[57]

A major contributing factor to Jake's failure in this regard is his parasitic personality; Jake constantly demands affirmative support,[58] financial assistance, and unconditional friendship while at the same time refusing to meet anyone halfway, making him something of an emotional black hole, and his constant support of certain people of interest involved with Crash Override Network and the Norasphere does a lot to turn off would-be supporters. Even worse, Jake's own toxic behavior constantly leads to his one-time allies turning their backs on him;[59] Since his exile from CON in 2015, Jake has decided that it was, in fact, Nazis who were to blame for why he believes he was kicked out of Crash Override Network and blocked by Zoe Quinn, and not say, turning on his friends, in a Tumblr post he put up in 2017.[60] His loneliness is exacerbated by the fact that his IRL friends mostly left town ages ago, leaving him alone.[61]

As time has gone on, Alley's delusions have only worsened. His claims to be targeted by "tranny chasers" has gradually given way to him claiming that the majority of his Twitter followers are transgender fetishists waiting eagerly for photographs of him.[62] This bizarre claim seems to be based on similar statements made by members of the Rat King that Jake is personally close to, including several who actively post pornography of themselves to the internet, who he constantly gives affirmative support to on Twitter, and constantly retweets. He has embraced fully their practices of sharing their sexual deviancy and trying to establish it as normal, when Jake admitted he was a fan of "extreme gore images," or Guro.[63] Fittingly, corresponding with this behavior, Jake's grip on reality has eroded in kind, and Jake has repeatedly made claims that he would be "a smoking hot middle-aged woman" with only a modicum of effort.[64] As of his white-knighting of Rebecca Gerber, Jake has begun also claiming to be of both Romani and Native American descent.[65]

Ejection from Crash Override Network

“Dot replies. How fun. Actually, I pointed out precisely what the account said. no more, no less. fuck off w/your dogpiles. And this was because my family was *already* getting harassed because the account was thought to be me. My disabled father. I asked the account to stop. It didn't. You can read the medium if you want more details. But I won't take your abuse. Thx. I will take abuse from no demographic. I am not your punching bag or anyone else's. I was expected to shoulder it. I did everything I could to make it stop. and then I came forward and POINTED AT WHAT THE TWEETS WERE SAYING. I'm tired of her shit, I'm tired of your shit, and I'm not going to take it anymore. I'm tired of being beat up on by you. My. Family. Will. Not. Suffer. For. Your. Actions. That is all. And now you're blocked, have a nice life.
—Randi Harper's final words to Jake Alley[66]

One of Jake's biggest hallmarks is his ejection from Crash Override Network, despite being one of Zoe Quinn's most ardent supporters.

Jake's Storify establishes he wrote his "Zoe Post" because Quinn palled around with Randi Harper.

It all started because of a website known as Social Autopsy - one which never went past the formative stages - intended to establish a database allowing harassed people to dox their harassers. Because of the massive problems this site could create if it were to go online as intended, it caught substantial blastback, including from CON and Free Speech advocates alike. CON wound up contacting Jesse Singal to try to pump the developer of Social Autopsy for information about the project. This decision would ultimately prove ruinous for CON's membership. Early on, Randi Harper and Zoe Quinn both argued against the creation of Social Autopsy, but Jake, seeing an opportunity, tried repeatedly to connect GamerGate to it, despite the hashtag likewise publicly condemning it, something even CON's staff took issue with.[67]

When the creator of Social Autopsy, Candace Owens, shut it down, someone quickly snatched up now-infamous account and used it it to aggressively attack Randi Harper for supporting Jesse Singal, and repeatedly condemning her and accusing her of transphobia. It also began throwing harassment towards her family members. Due to GG being conflated with Social Autopsy by Jake Alley, this caused the /r/KotakuInAction subreddit to begin looking into it, suspecting that Jesse Singal might have been responsible for the account's theft, or that perhaps it was another false-flag. In a rare moment of solidarity between otherwise warring sides, Randi Harper publicly condemned the account and denied her involvement with it, stating that the real culprit "wouldn't be hard to find." She wasn't wrong; it would not be long after this that the real culprit was discovered: Nora Reed. When Jake repeatedly tried to defend Nora, despite the fact that Nora was attacking members of CON (including Harper herself), Randi Harper finally had enough of his shit, and added him to her blocklist, along with several other CON members that had sided with him. [68] From this point onwards, Zoe Quinn refused to even respond to his tweets.

Jake has continually claimed that what Nora Reed did, and the attacks she made against Randi Harper and Jesse Singal, were entirely justified, since Singal was transphobic (a claim made by many members of the Rat King due to Singal airing the grievances of actual medical professionals), and that he thought Quinn just didn't know how problematic he was. The truth was that Jake was incredibly aggressively pushing for escalation against GG, long after it stopped being relevant, often to CON's detriment.

Many of the comparisons people make between Jake and the Incel crowd are found in his responses to this singular incident; Jake has attempted to play it off as merely "a misunderstanding" and demanded apologies for it from Zoe Quinn, who he seems outright obsessed with.[69] When these overtures failed, he tried first pleading,[70] then begging, and finally threatening to take action against CON's membership,[71][72] before ultimately putting up his own "Zoe Posts" and claiming CON had used him and everyone else in it (while whitewashing his own and Nora Reed's culpability, of course).[73][74] His reason for doing so? The fact that Zoe Quinn played Overwatch with Randi Harper, while ignoring Jake's pleas for attention.

Fittingly, despite putting up this article condemning Quinn's organization, he has repeatedly tried to get back in her good graces since.[75] When Quinn would not reciprocate, Alley followed up with additional posts bemoaning his own loneliness.[76] Much of his hostility in these articles is directed at Randi Harper, who ultimately evicted him from CON.[77][78][79] He has even gone so far as to suggest he was suicidal because of CON turning their backs on him,[80] but that his suicide was prevented by his cat.[81]

It is for these reasons, amongst others, that Jake is on no less than seven separate blocklists on Twitter. In addition to blocklists used by other leftist activists on Twitter, such as Randi Harper's GGAutoblocker and the Atheism+ Blockbot, he is also blocked by numerous lists used by their opponents, including the Anti-Norasphere Blockbot, and SJWbot, as well as neutral lists such as the anti-harassment Aggrobot. Being on these lists has essentially hamstrung Jake's reach, something he despises - but paradoxically he cannot simply create a new account and try to worm his way back into the good graces of his allies under a new identity because it would mean sacrificing all of the minimal reach he still has.

Harassment Campaigns

“I believe that for Jake Alley to devote so much time to trying to persuade people that I am some gargantuan, bloodthirsty savage, he must be truly unhinged. I see numerous people have challenged his ridiculous tweets about me. They have linked to the videos that show me being attacked but he’s not having it and I suspect that all the approval he gets from putting the boot into me from safely behind the block gives him a warm gooey feeling. It’s probably the closest he ever gets to getting laid, which is why he’s still doing it more than 10 months after the event.
—Feminist Activist "Skepticat," describing her experiences with Jake Alley[82]

If there is anything Jake is known for, beyond his constant activism on behalf of other people of interest, it's his willingness to conduct protracted campaigns of online harassment, weeks, months, and occasionally years after the person he is doing it on behalf of has forgotten the incident in question. While it is difficult to say why, exactly, he does this, widespread consensus is that he does so to curry the favor of those he fights on the behalf of. Most of these attacks follow a similar, if not identical modus operandi, boiling down to libel and mistruths about the individual in question, attempting to portray them as dangerous, untrustworthy, or outright evil, inflating any offense they've done into a clear and present danger to minority groups online (and by coincidence, groups he claims to be a part of), typically calling for their removal from whatever platforms he is using in the process. True to form, Jake is also extremely cowardly about this, often attempting to rally his associates into attacking the same target so he doesn't have to get his hands dirty, rarely making implicit accusations in lieu of making more general and/or vague ones, and immediately blocking anyone who calls him out on his behavior or takes issue with his propensity for libeling others.

Below is a brief list of individuals he has harassed, both on and off Twitter, with both beginning and ending dates:

  • Frederick "Hotwheels" Brennan and 8chan
    • September 2014 to Present
      • Brennan is the man who created the 2ch-style image board 8chan, which emerged as a result of a number of scandals that rocked 4chan in late 2014, including the appointment of multiple moderators that openly hated the site, the site owner apparently trying to line up a buyer, and mass-censorship of multiple topics, including GamerGate. As 8chan was one of the few websites to openly allow GamerGate discussion, it was an immediate target for Crash Override Network, leading to attempts at getting the site demonetized - attempts that included planting Child Porn on 8chan for CON's members to "find" and then report on. From the moment Jake was involved in GG opposition, he was one of the most vocal in favor of shutting down 8chan, notably declaring that his "preferred endgame" involved Frederick Brennan (8chan's creator) in prison on charges his associates knowingly fabricated, declaring it to be a hub of terrorism and child porn[83] (with his "evidence," at best, being links to articles written by his associates, often several years old).[84] Even now, he constantly describes 8chan as a "child porn site," cites Dan Olson's infamous article as a reason it should be shut down, and continues to advocate for the site's termination - in spite of the fact that GamerGate ended in October of 2015, the fact that Brennan left 8chan in July of 2016 and the site's been under completely new management with different policies since, in spite of the fact he was kicked out of Crash Override Network,[85] and in spite of the fact that CON formally shut down in late 2016.
  • Mike Cernovich
    • September 2014 to Present
      • Mike Cernovich is a conservative lawyer and author who was staunchly pro-GamerGate at the outset of the controversy. He wore out his welcome quite quickly with the hashtag consumer movement's supporters, as his massive ego and propensity for conducting publicity stunts quickly painted him out to be in it for the spectacle as opposed to actually caring about the hashtag itself, with many of the hashtag's supporters calling him out for his behavior. He quickly became a known quantity amongst chronicleers for several of his absurd beliefs, and he has since gone on to become a person of interest in his own right, with an ongoing thread on the Kiwi Farms.[86] Something of an agent provocateur, Cernovich quickly drew attention from CON for being willing to openly insult members of the group and call them out for their ill behavior. Worse, one of the earlier attempts by Margaret Pless to shut him up led to him gaining media attention, as Pless Swatted him at his home. Cernovich, while generally loud and obnoxious, ergo wound up becoming one of many voices helping to broadcast the hashtag's grievances, though many in GG were less-than-appreciative for his contributions, due to his massive ego and tendency to cause conflict. Cernovich is extensively discussed in the Crash Override Network Log Leaks, as well as the Crash Override Network Trello Leaks, in which multiple members of Crash Override Network, including Zoe Quinn herself, describe him as something to be "destroyed." Part of the reason for Quinn's unfettered hatred for the man came from the fact that Cernovich was willing to help fight Quinn and her associates legally, an area that including offering support to her ex during his appeal process and hiring a Private Investigator to look into some of her more absurd claims, and was good enough at toeing the line to prevent Quinn's flunkies from being able to get him unilaterally banned from Social Media. Jake has had a seething, unrestrained, and outright ridiculous hatred of Cernovich since, which has included Jake accusing him of being a rapist,[87] arguing that he's a pedophile based on the fact that he was once photographed with Frederick Brennan (on the basis that the child porn planting operation his friends were knowingly involved in is totally legitimate, and he once offered legal advice to Frederick Brennan),[88][89] and unironically has argued that Cernovich is a Nazi.[90] While Mike Cernovich is certainly an attention whore and definitely no saint, Jake's hatred for the man has continued for over four years without any sign of abatement - again, despite the end of GG, the dissolution of CON, and Jake's expulsion from Crash Override Network.
  • Brad Wardell
    • September 2014 to Present
      • Brad Wardell is the CEO of the game developer Stardock. In one of the many pre-2014 examples of a complete failure of journalistic ethics, Wardell was accused by an angry ex-employee of sexual harassment, and while Wardell was eventually found innocent and his accuser's lawsuit thrown out with prejudice, many online publications had previously declared him guilty in everything but name, with Polygon and Kotaku arguing that he was guilty because he defended himself too much, and not printing any retractions until far later.[91] Wardell received substantial harassment from self-professed activists over the articles done by Polygon and Kotaku, allegedly to the point of requiring the involvement of law enforcement when Wardell and his family received credible death threats. Because of this, when GamerGate happened, he was a natural supporter of the hashtag consumer revolt, as he had seen first-hand what the results of such slipshod journalistic standards could be. The attacks that began against Wardell when Kotaku and Polygon began to pre-emptively declare him guilty of all charges stepped up considerably during GamerGate, as multiple GG opponents tried to get him deplatformed. Crash Override Network was especially aggressive in this regard, with Zoe Quinn and her associates pitching into long-winded rants about how Wardell needed to be stopped. As with the case of many individuals Jake insists on attacking, Jake has continued to attack Wardell since the end of GG back in 2015, the dissolution of Crash Override Network in 2016, and Jake's subsequent removal from CON.[92] He has gone so far as to quote Zoe Quinn in the CON Logs verbatim, complaining that he has the rights to Star Control and declared that Brad Wardell had inflicted "Trauma" upon him.[93] When Stardock escalated its legal battles with Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford, two developers from Star Control I and II, Jake was right there to throw misinformation, calling Wardell a "patent troll" and declaring him to be evil incarnate,[94][95] summarizing him as "one of the biggest, pettiest, cruelest people to ever walk the planet." On January 2nd, 2019, he further stepped up his rhetoric, declaring that Wardell sponsored a "violent terrorist group" and further bringing up disproven nonsense from Wardell's trial in 2013.[96]
  • Marcus "Notch" Persson
    • May 24th, 2016 to Present
      • The developer of Minecraft, Jake was initially clearly a fan of both the game and its developer, coming to Notch's defense when people started going after Notch for being a "rich white man" in game development when Notch was a self-made man and donated enormous amounts of money to charity.[97] He even went so far try to defend Notch when Notch initially voiced support for GamerGate,[98] but within two months, Jake's opinion of him had clearly changed, after Notch had the gall to call out Zoe Quinn out for her terrible behavior online.[99][100] as with many of Jake's targets, besmirching Quinn once was all he needed to go on the attack, and within six months, he had started referring to Notch as a transphobe and had begun openly referring to him as a "reactionary kingpin" after Nora's ill-fated attempt to go after Notch.[101] His attacks have grown all the more incoherent and ridiculous as time has gone on and Notch blocked him, accusing Minecraft of being a "neo-nazi recruitment tool,"[102] and accusing Notch of sponsoring Child Porn.[103]z
  • Ian Miles Cheong
    • May 26th, 2015 to Present
      • Ian Miles Cheong was a member of Crash Override Network, and, for some time, an associate of Jake Alley's. The two were on comparatively good terms, and can be seen interacting in the Crash Override Network Log Leaks and on Twitter for over a year and a half after GamerGate began.[104] All of this changed on May 26th, 2015, when Ian Miles Cheong, realizing the side he had supported for so long was entirely in the wrong, publicly apologized for his behavior on behalf of CON[105] and wrote an extensive article on why he came to the decision to turn his back on CON.[106] IMC then went on to personally apologized to many people he had personally wronged on their behalf, and also exposed many of CON's numerous issues that would later be further exposed in the log and trello leaks. The response by Jake was, appropriately, to turn on Ian immediately for his betrayal. Jake would spend the next several years attempting to actively get Ian purged from Twitter for daring to go against the clique, often calling him a Stalker and accusing him of being a neo-nazi.[107] To this day, Jake refuses to let things go,[108] Despite the fact that, in his expulsion from Crash Override and subsequent post about it, he essentially vindicates everything Cheong said about his group.
  • Maria "Skepticat" Maclachlan
    • September 2017 to Present
      • Maria MacLachlan is a feminist advocate who has taken issue with the cults of personality that have effectively co-opted swaths of the LGBT community and turned them into their own personal platforms with which to attack other people and using intimidation and even violence to push their agenda - even as it's led to ridiculous things like transgendered men competing in women's sporting events and subsequently using their higher strength to dominate the competition.[109] She has written about her own experiences and why she takes issue with the trans activism community on Twitter in a lengthy post on her website, in which she covers her experiences.[110] On September 13th, 2017, MacLachlan was attacked by transgender activists who demanded she not film the ongoing protest in a public place, and responded to MacLachlan doing so by physically attacking the sextagenarian activist.[111] Despite the fact that over a dozen individuals filmed the event and unquestionably show the trans activists, led by Tanis Wolf, as the aggressors, Jake immediately went on the offensive to claim MacLachlan struck first - directly contrary to all evidence.[112] Even though Tanis Wolf was later found guilty,[113] Jake continued to insist she was the responsible party - for over a year afterwards. His nonsense about her would grow increasingly unhinged over time, as he began claiming she was indicative of Trump voters (despite being a resident of the UK), and that she was guilty of attempted murder.[114][115][116][117][118][119] When MacLachlan was inevitably suspended on Twitter, Jake bragged that he was the reason it happened.[120]

The Soha Imperative and Fall From Grace

Soha's friends attempt to fight off Crash Override Network supporters.

By far the biggest, and most notorious of all of Jake's ongoing harassment campaigns is his insane personal war against Soha El-Sabaawi (aka Soha Kareem and Sokareemie), the head of Diversity and Inclusion at Riot Games.

A side-effect of Jake's ongoing blacklisting by many, if not all of his former friends and associates due to his toxicity, is that it's left him without much of a place to belong. While he was initially blocked by Zoe Quinn and her associates when he got kicked out of Crash Override Network, his ongoing campaigns of harassment and whining on their behalf (while also demanding they re-open lines of communication with him) would lead to him being blocked by several other important contacts, including Tanya Depass. While Nora Reed gave him an outlet for a time in the Norasphere, Jake quickly wore out his welcome and while he hasn't been outright blocked by Nora and friends, his barrage of losses left him looking for positive affirmation elsewhere. Eventually, Jake wound up falling in with one of the only people even remotely associated with Crash Override Network who could tolerate his presence - Rebecca Hernandez-Gerber. Jake was first drawn to her because she was anti-GamerGate, had loose ties to Crash Override, and because she was relatively high-profile. His tendency to skirmish on her behalf would ultimately prove ruinous.

On October 3rd, 2018, Rebecca Gerber was extensively quoted by Kotaku in a hit-piece against Riot Games.[121] Gerber would go on to claim that the official Game Developers' Conference had turned down "victims" of Riot Games who supposedly had submitted a panel about Riot, and further claimed that current Riot employees were doing diversity panels at GDC. Unfortunately, Rebecca was lying, and would quickly get caught as such, promptly deleting much of her claims and then going on to blame her nameless "source" for giving her bad information.[122] She further went on to accuse this non-existent source of "backstabbing her" and "dragging her name through the mud." Moreover, in response to the lies being pushed by Rebecca, two former Riot "victims" made statements that they did, indeed, submit a panel that was declined for this year's GDC, but both women also made clear that their submitted panel had nothing to do with Riot, meaning Rebecca twisted them to suit her ends. After this, she claimed to have received a "credible threat," and was going to Facebook for a while.[123] Suffice to say, Rebecca quickly drew widespread criticism for being such a liar, and it's into this situation that Jake then pushed headlong into.

On October 6th, 2018, Jake began aggressively stumping on Rebecca's behalf, claiming that he (and Rebecca) had been on the receiving end of "some increasingly serious threats from sources that seem positioned to actually make good on them," which is especially unusual because Jake continues to contend that his identity is not known to the general public.[124] In the same screed on Twitter, Jake also complains repeatedly about "whisper campaigns" directed at him and Gerber. Rebecca's alleged temporary leaving of Twitter for Facebook seems to have been intended to give Jake's Patreon support a signal boost. However, unfortunately for Jake, his attempts to protect Rebecca would soon come to naught, as waging a "whisper campaign" is exactly what he had subjected a certain Riot Games employee to for years, and his trying to defend Rebecca Gerber in this fashion would cause all of this to surface.

As it turned out, Jake Alley had a long-standing hostility towards Soha El-Sabaawi, and had been carrying out a years-long vendetta against her on behalf of Crash Override Network, despite the network's dissolution in 2016. In the Crash Override Draft Leak, one sees several parts from Zoe Quinn's book, along with a statement by a former member of CON that "Little is done to help actual victims of internet abuse, depending on how much Zoe thinks that she can benefit from it. Most of the time, the chatroom discussion was focused on attacking people that Zoe didn't like, including former allies that had earned Zoe's ire." [125] One of these former allies was Soha El-Sabaawi. Quinn and Sabaawi first came to blows when Quinn decided to write a long article on "altgames being punk,"[126] and subsequently starting a massive series of arguments over gatekeeping within altgames, seemingly solely for her own ego.

In August of 2015, Soha El-Sabaawi responded (along with many of her associates) by bringing up that Zoe Quinn and her enablers (especially the likes of Israel Galvez) were just as guilty of harassment and attacks against women and people of color as the people they claim to oppose, and how their GG opposition had made them, essentially, impossible to criticize without facing backlash from CON's supporters (who then immediately proved her right by attacking El-Sabaawi).[127][128][129] She was soon bombarded with death threats from CON supporters, as well. None of CON's supporters was more aggressive or protracted in their attacks, however, than Jake Alley, who complained about her for months, and constantly launched personal attacks against her in his storify posts and on his Twitter account.

In Jake Alley's notorious hit piece against Randi Harper, Jake claimed that Soha was "a former romantic rival" of Zoe Quinn, and that he believes Quinn blamed him for the ongoing attacks to deflect blame away from herself. Another Storify he wrote back around the time the conflict began then surfaced, in which he essentially bills this Riot employee, apropos of nothing, as pure evil, because Soha dared to point out that Zoe Quinn and company were just as guilty of harassment as they liked to claim their opposition was.[130] This, in turn, led to another Storify he wrote, in which he again attacked Soha.[131] He would later elaborate on Twitter that he started going after her for daring to insult Israel Galvez and Dina Abou Karam.[132] Soonafter, a final Storify article Jake wrote was found, attacking Soha directly and by name, denying he had any knowledge of who she was.[133] When Jake got called out for this, he doubled down, despite extensively covering her.[134][135][136] Fittingly, more evidence of jake covering Soha for years began to emerge.[137]

Perhaps most disturbingly of all, Jake had a history of throwing what can only be called racist abuse towards Soha El-Sabaawi,[138] by referring to her as the "Alt-Games Rakshasa," declaring her someone who was as big a threat as GamerGate, someone never to be trusted, and someone whose motives were suspect - solely because she dared to besmirch the good name of his associates.[139][140][141][142][143][144][145][146]

When it became clear that not only was Jake actively trying to defend someone with a with a long and glorious tradition of lying openly about damn near everything, and who had an equally long history of erratic and belligerent behavior online, but was doing so while doing exactly what he was complaining about, Jake immediately drew widespread criticism, and many of his long-time supporters of Jake Alley, such as Katherine Cross, abandoned him, resulting in his circle of friends continuing to shrink further. In response, Jake has continued to deny even knowing who Soha El-Sabaawi is, despite the extensive documented history of his quarrels with her.[147]



  1. Jake Alley's Twitter - Denied Laser Hair Removal
  2. Jake Alley's Twitter - A Rant About MRAs, Nazis, and More
  3. Allthink - SecretGamerGirl: Zoe Quinn's Most Vile Acolyte
  4. Price Quote Request - World Domination LLC
  5. World Domination LLC Staff Page
  6. Talking Time Forums - Want to help me Playtest?
  7. Board Game Geek - Redshirts
  8. Talking Time Forums - Red Shirt vs Redshirts
  9. Fossilized Board - Googleshng's Loss
  10. Talking Time - Privateer Press and Googleshng
  11. Kiwi Farms Archive - Twitter Capture of Googleshng and "Yon"
  12. Kiwi Farms Archive - Twitter Capture of SecretGamerGirl using "Yon"
  13. SecretGamerGrrl's Twitter - No Photography Please
  14. Gamasutra - Katherine Cross' Review of Massive versus the Masses
  15. Katherine Cross' Twitter - I Played Massive Vs Monsters at Gencon (note the like by SGG)
  16. Katherine Cross' Twitter - Massive Vs Monsters (Note the Likes)
  17. Jake Alley's Twitter
  18. Steam - Record of Violet/Googleshng name change
  19. Googleshng's Page of Rantings - Sex
  20. SecretGamerGrrl's Twitter Time
  21. Jake Alley's Twitter - A Talented Freelancer
  22. Jake Alley's Twitter - 20 years of experience
  23. Storify - Nora Reed referring to Jake Alley as a "professional journalist"
  24. Jake Alley's Twitter - Rejected
  25. Googleshng's Page of Rantings - Death and Taxes
  26. Googleshng's Blog - Rumors of my Death
  27. Googleshng's Page of Rantings - Foul Mood on a Perfect Night
  28. Googleshng's Page of Rantings - I'm Not Thor!
  29. Allthink - Crash Override Network, the Modern-Day Watergate
  30. Jake Alley's Tumblr - A GamerGate Primer
  31. Jake Alley's Tumblr - That Whole Stupid #GamerGate Thing
  32. Jake Alley's Tumblr - How to Properly Apologize for your Gamergate Gaffes
  33. Jake Alley's Tumblr - The Longterm Plans of GamerGate
  34. Jake Alley's Tumblr - GamerGate Recap
  35. Jake Alley's Twitter - Give Nazis Wedgies
  36. Jake Alley's Twitter - Gamergate Was Always Nazis
  37. Jake Alley's Storify - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
  38. Jake Alley's Twitter - Chasers and Bigots
  39. Jake Alley's Twitter - Pedos and Chasers
  40. Jake Alley's Twitter - A Collection of Tweeets About His Gender Oppression
  41. Jake Alley's Twitter - Failure to Disclose
  42. Jake Alley's Twitter - My Identity Will Get Me Raped and Killed
  43. Jake Alley's Twitter - My Life's At Risk
  44. Jake Alley's Twitter - Fearing for my Life
  45. Jake Alley's Twitter - People Will Rape Me and Beat Me To Death
  46. Jake Alley's Twitter - Threats to Rape My Corpse
  47. Leftover Soup - In Which Lilly is Not Served
  48. Jake Alley's Twitter - Surviving a Suicide
  49. Jake Alley's Twitter - Trans Women in Sports is an Overblown Problem
  50. Jake Alley's Twitter - Token Woman in RPGs
  51. Jake Alley's Twitter - My Mom Thinks I Joined a Cult
  52. Jake Alley's Twitter - Thanks, Mom
  53. Jake Alley's Twitter - You Can't be Trans
  54. Jake Alley's Twitter - Threats and Ultimatums
  55. Kiwi Farms - Jake and Therapy
  56. Jake Alley's Twitter - Social Contagion
  57. Jake Alley's Twitter - Jake Loses an Argument
  58. Jake Alley's Twitter - Take Pity On Me
  59. Jake Alley's Twitter - Spontaneously Severing Ties
  60. Jake Alley's Tumblr - The New McCarthyism
  61. Googleshng's Page of Rantings - Death of a Salsenerd
  62. Jake Alley's Twitter - Read the Whole Thread
  63. Jake Alley's Twitter - Extreme Gore Images
  64. Jake Alley's Twitter - Give me 5 Years on HRT
  65. Jake Alley's Twitter - Romani and Mi'kmaq Descent
  66. Randi Harper's Twitter - Jake is Blocked
  67. Randi Harper's Twitter - Candace Owens is not GG
  68. BlockTogether - Jake Alley blocked by Randi Harper
  69. Jake Alley's Twitter - Apologize to Me
  70. Jake Alley's Twitter - Unblock Me
  71. Jake Alley's Twitter - I May Need a Publicist
  72. Jake Alley's Twitter - Talking to my Therapist
  73. Storify - How the Public Faces of Anti-Abuse Nearly Killed a Ton of Trans People (Storify Version)
  74. Storify - How the Public Faces of Anti-Abuse Nearly Killed a Ton of Trans People (Archival Version)
  75. Jake Alley's Twitter - If You Need a Hug
  76. Jake Alley's Tumblr - Isolation
  77. Jake Alley's Tumblr - Crushing Loneliness
  78. Jake Alley's Tumblr - Questions and Answers
  79. Jake Alley's Tumblr - New McCarthyism Response
  80. Jake Alley's Twitter - Silent Abandonment
  81. Jake Alley's Tumblr - Isolation
  82. PeakTrans.org - A Week In The Life Of...
  83. Jake Alley's Twitter - A Hub of Terrorism
  84. Jake Alley's Twitter - Cloudflare Protects Terrorists
  85. Jake Alley's Twitter - 8chan Must Be Stopped
  86. Kiwi Farms - Mike Cernovich
  87. Jake Alley's Twitter - Mike Cernovich is a Rapist
  88. Jake Alley's Twitter - Cernovich is a Pedophile
  89. Jake Alley's Twitter - Mike Cernovich Offered Legal Advice to 8chan
  90. Jake Alley's Twitter - Mike Cernovich is a Nazi
  91. Deepfreeze - Quick and Dirty Journalism
  92. Jake Alley's Twitter - Humble Bundle is Bad for Plugging Stardock
  93. Jake Alley's Twitter - Stardock is a terrible company and it's a shame they own the name rights for Star Control
  94. Jake Alley's Twitter - Stardock Doesn't Own Star Control
  95. Jake Alley's Twitter - Patent Troll
  96. Jake Alley's Twitter - Violet Terrorist Group
  97. Jake Alley's Twitter - In Defense of Notch
  98. Jake Alley's Twitter - Notch and GamerGate
  99. Notch's Twitter - What a Cunt
  100. Jake Alley's Twitter - Notch Called Her a C***
  101. Jake Alley's Twitter - Reactionary Kingpins like Notch
  102. Jake Alley's Twitter - Minecraft is a Neo-Nazi Recruitment Tool
  103. Jake Alley's Twitter - Notch is a Neo-Nazi who sponsors child porn
  104. Jake Alley's Twitter - Jake's Responses to IMC on Twitter
  105. IMC's Twitter - Apologies Are In Order
  106. Stillgray.com - What Video Games Mean To Me
  107. Jake Alley's Twitter - Ian is Stalking Me
  108. Jake Alley's Twitter - On GamerGate And...
  109. Washington Times - Transgendered Woman breaks world record in women's weightlifting
  110. Peaktrans.org - My Peak Trans Story
  111. Peaktrans.org - When the Entitled Thugs Attack
  112. Jake Alley's Twitter - Maria Was the Attacker
  113. TranscrimeUK - Tanis Wolf
  114. Jake Alley's Twitter - A Violent Thug
  115. Jake Alley's Twitter - Maria MacLachlan is an Attempted Murderer
  116. Jake Alley's Twitter - She's Dangerous
  117. Jake Alley's Twitter - This is What We Face
  118. Jake Alley's Twitter - Maria MacLachlan is somehow involved with Trump
  119. Jake Alley's Twitter - Maria MacLachlan Is Attempting To Get Trans Women Killed
  120. Jake Alley's Twitter - 98th Time's a Charm
  121. Kotaku - Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games
  122. Rebecca Gerber's Twitter - GDC Rejected a Talk by Riot Games' Victims
  123. Rebecca Gerber's Twitter - Credible Threat
  124. Jake Alley's Twitter - Serious Threats
  125. Pastebin - Draft Leaks
  126. BoingBoing - Zoe Quinn's Punk Games Editorial
  127. Lolcow Wiki Archive - SFtheWolf on Soha
  128. Lolcow Wiki Archive - Soha Under Fire from Crash Override
  129. Lolcow Wiki Archive - SF the Wolf Blames Soha for Cut Contacts
  130. Jake Alley's Storify - Measure Twice, Block Once
  131. Jake Alley's Storify - The "What Knife?" Effect
  132. Jake Alley's Twitter - Soha is Against Zoe Quinn
  133. Jake Alley's Storify - How Life Goes When You're Invisible
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  137. Jake Alley's Twitter - Alt Games
  138. Twitter - Times Jake Alley has used the term "Rakshasa"
  139. Jake Alley's Twitter - Genesis of the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  140. Jake Alley's Twitter - Stressed by the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  141. Jake Alley's Twitter - Followers of the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  142. Jake Alley's Twitter - Gamergate and the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  143. Jake Alley's Twitter - Hiding From the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  144. Jake Alley's Twitter - Responsible for the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  145. Jake Alley's Twitter - Ticked Off at the Alt-Games Rakshasa
  146. Jake Alley's Twitter - The Alt-Games Rakshasa is at It Again
  147. Jake Alley's Twitter - No Idea What I'm Being Accused Of