Hogwarts Legacy lead designer resigns following YouTube channel controversy

By Sean Carey,
Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt has announced his resignation from developer Avalanche Software following controversy surrounding his YouTube channel.

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Leavitt's departure comes not long after his inactive YouTube channel (which expressed support for the Gamergate movement and featured videos that were both anti-social justice and anti-feminist) was brought to light.

Leavitt explained on Twitter that he was parting ways with the studio and had "nothing but good things to say" about the development team, Hogwarts Legacy's publisher Warner Bros Games, and the game itself. Leavitt says he'll be uploading a video to his YouTube channel soon to explain the situation.

In a further tweet, Leavitt clarifies, saying that he felt "absolutely secure" in his position but still wanted to resign for reasons he'll be explaining in his upcoming video. "I’m in excellent spirits and very pleased with my relationship with WB and Avalanche," Leavitt said.

Hogwarts Legacy is due to launch in 2022 and has already seen a number of controversies. Warner Bros. Games previously made a clarification in an official game FAQ distancing itself from Harry Potter author J.K Rowling, who was accused of making transphobic comments on her Twitter. WB Games said that Rowling "is not directly involved" in the creation of Hogwarts Legacy, but adds that "her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World." The game does not feature a new story from the author.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.