Hogwarts Legacy Developer Quits Following Backlash Over YouTube Channel

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Troy Leavitt, the sport developer on the centre of an argument final month after it was found he had run “a reactionary YouTube channel targeted on attacking feminism and social justice”, has resigned from his place at Avalanche Software program, builders of the upcoming Harry Potter recreation Hogwarts Legacy.

Leavitt introduced his resolution to “half methods” with Avalanche in a sequence of tweets:

As we reported in February:

Amongst Leavitt’s…movies are prolonged defenses of each John Lasseter, the Pixar co-founder who left his place at Disney in 2017 after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Nolan Bushnell, the Atari co-founder who Kotaku’s reporting discovered to have fostered a poisonous work atmosphere for girls. In a few of his movies, Leavitt expressed help for Gamergate, a motion that fostered harassment towards girls and different minorities within the gaming business, and criticized Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Girls sequence as an “uninformed fringe place.” Leavitt mentioned his opinions on Gamergate in-depth throughout a 2017 interview, saying, “Gamergate, whereas painful at occasions, on the entire proved to be a very good factor,”

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Within the wake of this revelation, and continued opposition to Potter creator JK Rowling’s transphobic views, it was reported final week that the sport will function some added “customization choices associated to gender”.

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