The decision, made yesterday (February 24th) and shared by journalist Jason Schreier on Twitter, means that the site will post “no trailer threads or official announcements, no hype threads, no fluff about their features”.
The Harry Potter game has already sparked controversy and a call for a boycott in response to creator JK Rowling’s “transphobic” views. While WB Games has confirmed that Rowling is not directly related to Hogwarts Legacy, as the creator of The Wizarding World franchise, she can continue to earn royalties from sales of the game.
Last week, journalist Liam Robertson shared on Twitter that Hogwarts Legacy’s lead designer Troy Leavitt had previously run a YouTube channel that uploaded anti-Fem and Pro GG videos.
I know this is just shocking, but the main Hogwarts Legacy designer is Troy Leavitt, a far-right YouTuber who used to do anti-fem and pro-GG videos: https://t.co/kDNm9ri9zH pic.twitter.com/w3dDy0YXe4
– Liam Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) February 20, 2021
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GG refers to Gamergate, a harassment campaign against women and minorities in the gaming industry.
Robertson noted that the channel, which has been inactive since 2018, contained videos describing the #MeToo movement as “moral panic,” while another defended former Pixar boss John Lasseter.
Both of these factors led to the decision of the ResetEra moderators, who said, “This is a uniquely dire situation where both the intellectual property creator and an executive producer of the game have unrepentant, bigoted views.”
The only exception to the ban can be an “official thread” closer to the start of the game in case “minority members want a room to discuss the contents of the game where they are not yelled down by bigots”.
Last month, developer Avalanche Studios announced that Hogwarts Legacy would postpone its release until 2022 to “give the game the time it needs”.
Regarding the editor’s response to controversy surrounding Rowling, the President of WB Games had said that “she has the right to be heard.”