We’ve seen developers acting out of characters too many times. Seeing people you admire verbally attack players is disrespectful, especially when it’s without reason. That’s what happened with two Guild Wars 2 writers over the past days, which ultimately led to them being fired by ArenaNet.
It all started when Guild Wars 2 narrative writer Jessica Price took to Twitter, to post an AMA on developing main characters in an MMO. The AMA itself was insightful, however, what followed was inappropriate on the part of the writer.
As a response to her tweets, content creator Deroir offered Price some feedback on her procedure, in a meaningful and not disrespectful way. This led to Price being offended about him offering his opinion and ironically thanked Deroir for telling her what to do.
Today in being a female game dev:
"Allow me–a person who does not work with you–explain to you how you do your job." https://t.co/lmK0yJWqGB
— Jessica Price (@Delafina777) July 4, 2018
This matter went to another level when Price quoted a comment of the aforementioned content creator to prove some point on sexism, which immediately rose conflict since no one harassed her in any way.
The bottom of the iceberg was reached when another Guild Wars 2 writer, Peter Fries joined the conflict to defend Price by just adding more oil into the fire. Fans were noticeably disturbed by the incident which led to Guild Wars 2’s forum and subreddit to be set on fire.
As a result, ArenaNet Co-founder and President Mike O’Brien posted a response to the forums saying that both writers were fired since they don’t represent the values of the company. He said:
“Recently two of our employees failed to uphold our standards of communicating with players. Their attacks on the community were unacceptable,”
“As a result, they’re no longer with the company. I want to be clear that the statements they made do not reflect the views of ArenaNet at all. As a company we always strive to have a collaborative relationship with the Guild Wars community. We value your input. We make this game for you.”
Do you believe that ArenaNet made the right decision to fire both Price and Fries? What’s your view on the matter?