The lead designer of Hogwarts Legacy, Troy Leavitt, has left his post at Avalanche Software, the development studio in charge of the game open world role based on the universe of Harry Potter. Leavitt has made the decision less than two weeks after his YouTube channel went viral, where he defended extreme right positions, criticized feminism and published videos supporting the Gamergate.

“I have made the decision to leave Avalanche Software. I have nothing but good words for the game, the team Development and Warner Bros. Games, “Leavitt says on his Twitter account, indicating that it was he who left the study and not Avalanche Software who fired you. In statements to Kotaku, Warner Bros. has said that “Senior producer Troy Leavitt has made the decision to leave Avalanche Software”.

In the same tweet he warns that post a video “soon” explaining the situation on his YouTube channel. Less than an hour after posting the original message, the designer returned to the social network to clarify that he “felt absolutely safe” in his workplace. “However, I wanted to resign for the reasons I will explain in my next video. I am in excellent spirits and very satisfied with my relationship with Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software”.

Liam Robertson, from the YouTube channel DoYouKnowGaming, brought out the type of videos Leavitt publishes on February 20. In Kotaku published a report stating that the developer said in 2017 that the Gamergate, a movement that encourage harassment of women and other minorities of the video game industry, it was “painful at times, but overall it has proven to be a good thing”.

In his videos he defends, among others, personalities such as John Lasseter, the Pixar co-founder who left the company over allegations of sexual harassment; already Nolan Bushnell, the Atari co-founder accused of creating toxic workspaces for women at his company. At the same time, he criticizes the cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian and defends “cultural appropriation”.

The game will arrive in 2022 on PC, PlayStation and Xbox

Warner Bros. has not disclosed who will fill Leavitt’s position. Hogwarts Legacy I know delayed until 2022, when to get to PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One. We recently learned that the character editor allow creating transgender avatars. JK Rowling, the author of the saga Harry Potter, has made transphobic statements successively. The novelist receives royalties for each product of her saga sold, although she is not involved in the development of this game, according to Warner Bros.




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