Guild Wars 2 writers fired after heated Twitter exchange

Two Guild Wars writers let go after a Twitter conversation turns ugly

Guild Wars 2 loses two writers after Twitter kerfuffle with content creator.

The brouhaha begin when Price posted a lengthy thread on Twitter covering the difficulties of writing player characters in MMOs. Deroir disagreed with Price's opinions, and Price responded by insinuating that Deroir was sexist.

Price replied directly to Deroir, saying, "thanks for trying to tell me what we do internally, my dude", before retweeting his response to her thread in a tweet that indicated his feedback was unwanted because of his presumed lack of knowledge of her job. I'm not on the clock here. "By the time that guy came along, I was so exhausted of having random people explain my job to me in company spaces where I had to just smile and nod that it was like, 'No".

Deroir to his credit was calm and respectful in the exchange, but on the Guild Wars 2 reddit it was another story, with many attacking Price for her behavior and apparent bias against Deroir and his comments.

Price's colleague Peter Fries leapt to Price's defence, with a tweet which has since been deleted, and Deroir apologised. The argument on both writer's part was simply that Deroir's feedback wasn't asked for. "These are our *private* social media accounts - imagine you're an astronomer and you start sharing some things you've learned in the last few months since you began a research project observing Saturn, only to have observation techniques explained to you by a layman".

ArenaNet, the studio behind the successful MMORPG Guild Wars 2, has fired two of its writers after a Twitter confrontation between them and an ArenaNet-partnered YouTuber named Deroir. Price and Fries' bosses at ArenaNet, however, weren't having any of it.

ArenaNet President, Mike O'Brien made a thread regarding Price and Fries on the Guild Wars 2 forum, addressing that the two former writers have been let go. "Their attacks on the community were unacceptable". You don't have to agree with everything they say, but both the company you work for and the community expect some level of common decency out of you. O'Brien also said "the statements they made do not reflect the views of ArenaNet at all".

"We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of transparency around the making of our games and encourage our teams to be involved in open, positive discussion with our community". We value your input. The move has been widely condemned in the games industry even as many fans of the game are vocally celebrating it, which has spurred a larger conversation about the frequently-acrimonious relationship between video games, those who make them, and those who play them. The employees were said to have "failed to uphold [ArenaNet's] standards", suggesting that Price and Fries are those who have been in the firing line. Did ArenaNet act too harshly?

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