Hogwarts Legacy developer leaves after controversy over reactionary YouTube videos

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy developer Troy Leavitt has left the project following criticism of videos that defended the reactionary Gamergate harassment movement and dismissed sexual misconduct complaints against media executives. Leavitt tweeted the news last night, saying he had resigned from studio Avalanche Software despite feeling “absolutely secure in my position.”

Leavitt was the lead designer on Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world roleplaying game set in the Harry Potter universe. Last month, Did You Know Gaming? contributor Liam Robertson highlighted a YouTube channel where Leavitt posted videos between 2016 and 2018. The videos attacked social justice activism and defended figures like Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and Pixar co-founder John…

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Author: Adi Robertson