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01/31/2015 07:03 pm ET Updated Jan 31, 2015

'Law & Order: SVU' To Air Episode Based On GamerGate

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"Law & Order: SVU" will air an episode inspired by GamerGate. As first pointed out by The Mary Sue, the show's Feb. 11 installment, “The Intimidation Game,” will explore the dangerous side of being a woman in the gaming community.

The episode, according to TV Guide, focuses on a woman who "launches a video game amid death threats in the male-dominated gaming community, but a crime scene unfurls at a big video-game convention when one of her female employees is assaulted."

GamerGate is a movement that rose to public attention in 2014. It claims to call for better ethics in gaming journalism, but in practice carries out gender-specific abuse.

The "Law & Order: SVU" episode is but one of the show's many that have been inspired by real-life events. This past fall, the show made headlines for penning an episode based on the story of Belle Knox, the Duke University freshman outed as a porn star by a fellow classmate.

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