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Hogwarts Legacy dev quits work over YouTube controversy

Troy Leavitt says he leaves Avalanche on good terms.

Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt has left Avalanche Studios, ending his work on the title.

Leavitt took to Twitter to say that he left the studio on good terms and had “nothing but good things to say about the game, the dev team, and WB Games.”

The controversial designer also said that he’d be taking back to YouTube to discuss the matter further.

“I felt absolutely secure in my position,” he said in a second tweet. “However, I still wanted to resign for reasons that I will explain in that forthcoming video . I’m in excellent spirits and very pleased with my relationship with WB and Avalanche.”

In late February, it was discovered that Leavitt started a YouTube channel back in 2017 that targeted feminists, those against the Gamergate movement and the concept of “social justice”.

One video on the channel had Leavitt asserting that “even though I disclosed my YouTube channel to WB Games, it didn’t appear to be an issue for them. Not that they endorse anything that I’ve said, of course, but at least they seem more concerned with making good games than with pushing some kind of a social justice agenda, so there is hope.”

Leavitt’s channel was the latest controversy to surround the upcoming Harry Potter RPG. Last year, Warner Bros felt the need to distance it from Harry Potter JK Rowling after she took to social media with transphobic opinions.

Hogwarts Legacy is expected in 2022 on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, PS4 and PS5.

Hogwarts Legacy

10 February 2023
PC PS5 Xbox Series S & X

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