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Arenanet Dismisses Two Guild Wars 2 Devs Over Tweets at YouTuber

Jessica Price, a narrative designer with ArenaNet with ten years of experience in the industry, was breaking down her thoughts on designing a playable character in an MMO when a "Gw2 tuber" called DeroirGaming decided to chime in and share his take on her opinion.

While this fellow may have been exceptionally polite in delivering his opinion, the unwanted feedback was condescending and Price let him known it before he eventually retracted his statements. Another employee, Peter Fries, supported Price during her back-and-forth with Deroir and others. From this point, it was out of either party's hands as the discussion made its way to a Guild Wars 2 subreddit and fans then began attacking Price.

GameIndustry.biz reports that the two employees, Price and Fries, left the company with ArenaNet president Mike O'Brien saying the two employees "failed to uphold our standards of communicating with players" and that "their attacks on the community were unacceptable." The statement ends with:

"As a company we always strive to have a collaborative relationship with the Guild Wars community. We value your input. We make this game for you."

This move is setting a strange precedent for ArenaNet and we'll have to wait and see how this impacts the remaining staff and community interactions going forward. The flavor of Price's language is often brought up by those discussing the situation, largely ignoring the condescension and way women in the industry are typically engaged with on these platforms. The interaction also happened on her personal Twitter account away from GW2 forums. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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