Crystal Dynamics says Marvel’s Avengers design lead Brian Waggoner “will not be a studio spokesperson” or communicate publicly about its initiatives after offensive tweets he’d beforehand posted have been delivered to mild by the neighborhood.
Posted over a interval of years stretching at the least way back to 2011, the tweets in query have been variously racist, ableist, and homophobic: Not egregiously hateful, however plentiful, and most of them reflecting primary right-wing speaking factors like black-on-black crime (opens in new tab) or US President Barack Obama’s citizenship (opens in new tab). A lot of the tweets have since been deleted, however in a 2020 tweet that is nonetheless posted Waggoner described himself as a “Trump voter (opens in new tab).”
Waggoner apologized for the tweets after they surfaced, and stated he takes “full accountability for the damage they triggered to my followers, the neighborhood, and people I work with.”
“Since that point, I’ve discovered and grown and the content material I posted would not mirror who I’m right now,” Waggoner tweeted on November 21. “I perceive in case you can’t settle for my apology due to the ache I’ve triggered. I’ll proceed to pay attention, study, and work to enhance myself.”
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Waggoner joined Crystal Dynamics in April 2021 to assist flip round Marvel’s Avengers, which has floundered since its 2020 launch. Since then, he is change into the sport’s best-known public consultant, partially because of a second of unbelievable awkwardness (and comedy) when a plan so as to add She-Hulk to the sport was leaked throughout a livestream that Waggoner was participating in. Just some minutes after Waggoner posted his apology, nonetheless, Crystal Dynamics stated he’ll not be taking that function.
“It is extremely disappointing to see language and views from staff that do not align with our studio values,” Crystal Dynamics tweeted. “We apologize to our neighborhood and coworkers who’re rightfully upset by the content material. Brian will not be a studio spokesperson or speaking about studio initiatives.”
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Although the studio’s message above states that Waggoner is not a studio spokesperson, Crystal Dynamics left it unclear whether or not he was nonetheless working on the developer. I’ve reached out to the studio for clarification and can replace if I obtain a reply.