ArenaNet has fired Guild Wars 2 writers Jessica Price and Peter Fries, following a Twitter thread which raised controversy on Reddit.
The brouhaha begin when Price posted a lengthy thread on Twitter covering the difficulties of writing player characters in MMOs. To which Guild Wars 2 Twitch streamer and YouTuber Deroir replied, disagreeing with Price’s premise that MMOs pose problems for writers of player characters due to their inherent structure.
However, the exchange became heated, with Price contending that Deroir was talking down to her, saying: ‘”Allow me–a person who does not work with you–explain to you how you do your job.”’ But it was her next tweet that generated widespread opprobrium on Reddit, with its reference to “Rando asshats” talking down to her.
Price’s colleague Peter Fries leapt to Price’s defence, with a tweet which has since been deleted, and Deroir apologised. But it was too late: ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien decided to take to the Guild Wars 2 forum to say: “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.”
Once again, the dangers of expressing any sort of opinion on social media have been laid bare.