Gaming discussion forum ResetEra has applied a complete ban on threads associated to promotional content material for Hogwarts Legacy.
The determination, made yesterday (February 24) and shared by journalist Jason Schreier on Twitter, means the location will host “no threads for trailers or official announcement, no hype threads, no fluff pieces about its features”.
The Harry Potter recreation has already attracted controversy and a name for boycotts in response to creator JK Rowling’s “transphobic” views. While WB Games has confirmed that Rowling shouldn’t be straight concerned with Hogwarts Legacy, she nonetheless stands to earn royalties from the sport’s gross sales because the creator of The Wizarding World franchise.
Last week, journalist Liam Robertson shared on Twitter that Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt beforehand ran a YouTube channel importing “anti-fem and pro GG” movies.
GG refers to Gamergate, a harassment marketing campaign focusing on ladies and minorities within the video games trade.
I do know that is simply surprising however the lead designer of Hogwarts Legacy is Troy Leavitt, a far proper YouTuber who used to make anti-fem and professional GG vids: https://t.co/kDNm9ri9zH pic.twitter.com/w3dDy0YXe4
— Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) February 20, 2021
Robertson famous that the channel, inactive since 2018, included movies that known as the #MeToo motion a “moral panic” whereas one other defended former Pixar boss John Lasseter.
Both elements led to the choice from ResetEra‘s moderators, who mentioned: “This is a uniquely awful situation where both the creator of the IP and a senior producer on the game have unrepentant bigoted views.”
The solely exception to the ban could also be an ‘Official Thread’ nearer to the sport’s launch, in case “minority members want a space to discuss the game’s contents where they will not be shouted down by bigots.”
Last month, developer Avalanche Studios introduced Hogwarts Legacy will delay its launch till 2022 to permit “the game the time it needs”.
Regarding the writer’s response to controversy round Rowling, WB Games president had mentioned that “she has the right to hold her opinions”.