Leading game writer Chris Avellone, known for his contributions to games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Prey, and many upcoming titles, is accused of sexually harassing by many women over the weekend.
Now, some developers talk about their contribution in the light of accusations.
Paradox Interactive, the company behind Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, said that Avellone’s contribution was removed from the game, but he only worked on the game briefly.
“Chris Avellone briefly worked with the Bloodlines 2 writing team early in the development of the game,” Paradox said in a statement statement for Gamasutra. “However, through an iterative creative process, there is no contribution left in the game that Hardsuit Labs continues to develop.”
Avellone is also working on Waylanders, an upcoming party-based RPG that has just entered Early Access. Emily Grace Buck, lead author of the game, said on Twitter that Avellone was no longer involved with the project.
“Chris is no longer in this project, and I have been the main writer so far, not him,” Buck said on Twitter. “Waylanders has only a little written on it, and I’ll see the scene. No one on the team knows anything about this. We handle it, and I’m open to feedback.”
Chris is no longer on this project, and I have been the main writer so far, not him.
Waylanders has a little writing that he wrote, and I will see the scene.
No one on the team knows about this. We handle it, and I am open to feedback. https://t.co/f4rNcFMS6K
– Emily Grace Buck (@emilybuckshot) June 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Avellone is also involved with Dying Light 2, which is currently under development despite some delays. The Techland developer said it was “looking very closely” into the allegations.
“We handle the issue of sexual harassment and disrespect very carefully, and have no tolerance for such behavior,” a spokesman told Gamasutra. That is why we are now very concerned about this issue. We will immediately give you information about our next steps. “
Avellone was accused by many women on social media over the weekend for sexual harassment and harassment, including one who said that the writer made him “drunk” and made progress on him. The indie developer commented on Twitter’s thread, adding that Avellone repeatedly groped him.
Avellone has responded to several tweets on Twitter, but has not issued a statement at the time of this writing.
He is one of the most prominent figures in the gaming and streaming industry to be called on social media over the weekend and on Monday. Andrien Gbinigie, product and brand marketing manager at Ubisoft and Ashraf Ismail, creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, have also been accused by women on Twitter of harassment and sexual harassment. Gbinigie has denied the allegations in a post on Medium.
Many accusations say the incident occurred at game industry events.
Meanwhile, Twitch is in hot water for how he operates with those accused of being members of a toxic industry. CEO Emmett Shear was accused by musicists of laughing at reports of abuse at an earlier All Hands meeting. Another streamer, along with former Vice President at Twitch Justin Wong, has visited Twitter to discuss how the platform failed to deal with abuse by affiliates.
In response, Twitter released a statement promising to take action.
“We consider allegations of sexual harassment and violations very seriously. We are actively looking into accounts about the tape affiliated with Twitch and will work with law enforcement if applicable,” it reads.
– Twitch (@Twitch) June 22, 2020
Update, June 22 (17:10 ET) – Techland responds to Chris Avellone’s accusations
Having previously said it was investigating the allegations, developer Dying Light 2 Techland said it ended “cooperation” with the author.
“We treat the issue of sexual harassment and disrespect very carefully, and have no tolerance for such behavior – it applies to our employees and also external consultants. This is why, together with Chris Avellone, we decided to end our cooperation , “a company spokesman said in a tweet.
Here is a statement about our collaboration with Chris Avellone: pic.twitter.com/ozLXZdVPZw
– Techland (@TechlandGames) June 22, 2020
You can read the full statement above.
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