The Guild Wars 2 Community Is Full of Drama Today
YouTube content creator Deroir was publicly attacked by Guild Wars 2 writer Jessica Price after reaching out to her via social media to have a discussion about character development in MMORPGs. While Deroir seemed to be trying to have a friendly discussion, Price did not take kindly to it.
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
Now, it appears that Price, along with Guild Wars 2 writer Peter Fries—who defended her on social media—have been fired from the game’s developer, ArenaNet.
Mike O’Brien, president of ArenaNet, released the following statement:
“We are committed to fostering open, constructive dialogue with our community around our games. Earlier this week, two of our employees failed to uphold our standards of communication, and they are 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.”
Deroir is a somewhat popular YouTube personality that focuses on creating guides and content for Guild Wars 2. Most of the responses on social media have condemned Price’s response, although some—including Fries—jumped to her defence.
ofcourse people are going to be sympathetic to the dude who got reduced to nothing but a ”mansplaining rando asshat” just for trying to have a meaningful discussion
i understand the desire to defend a colleague but playing the whole gender card is just sad
— james (@jamison____) July 4, 2018