- A British children’s author is one of the three men behind Game Global.
- Game Global is a network of ‘pickup artists’ who ‘game’ women into having sex with them.
- Members of the network have shared posts advocating for sexual violence, The Sunday Times reported.
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A 39-year-old British children’s author is one of three men behind a global network of “pickup artists” who coordinate strategies to trick women into bed, according to The Sunday Times.
Kieren Brown, who is the author of “Preeta’s Web of Chaos,” billed as a “beautiful tale” of transformation to empower girls, co-founded the group and now uses the alias Ciaran Callam to share tips with so-called gamers, the paper reported.
Game Global members often use the website to seek “wingmen” to help them approach women on the street, but others are using the network to seek advice on how to go about nefarious activities.
Posts describing deception, rape, and acts of sexual violence are commonplace, The Sunday Times reported.
Nude images of women taken without consent also appear on the forums, the paper said.
According to research by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), Game Global has over 500 groups on social media with more than 26,000 members globally.
While some men are using the website to boost their self-esteem and earnestly discover how to interact with women, a significant number are making misogynistic contributions.
CCDH researchers discovered messages calling women “bitches”, “sluts,” and “whores” and describing black women as “stone-cold bitter hoes,” The Sunday Times said.
There is also evidence of users sharing tips on how to choke, slap, and discipline women, the paper added.
Among the posts advocating violence against women, one such message advises members to be “very aggressive with virgins,” according to The Sunday Times.
One of the co-founders, Ice White, also added to the litany of sexist comments. “I would choke her with those headphones and raw dog her while she is being held down by heavy weights,” he wrote under a photo of a woman at the gym, the paper reported.
In a statement posted on the Game Global website on Sunday, the network said it is taking steps to “reform” the pickup artist community. It intends to improve moderation, produce videos about consent and feminism, and hopes to encourage “open dialogue,” the statement said.
Brown’s role, according to his LinkedIn profile, partly involves coaching “lonely men.”
And when he’s not coaching or writing children’s book, his LinkedIn profile shows that he also runs the “Web of Chaos Movement” – an online community that says it “gives girls, women, and ethnic minorities confidence and self-worth.”
Insider reached out to Brown for comment but did not immediately receive a response.