Twitter Spat Leads To Firings At Arenanet

Two Arenanet employees are now unemployed following a Twitter spat that began yesterday and continued today. Following a Q&A session regarding the Guild Wars 2 Living Story, a Twitter user commented to narrative team member Jessica Price his thoughts on branching dialogue. Rather than take the “slight” disagreement with professionalism, or ignore it entirely, Price responded by implying that the tweet was demeaning to her as a female game developer without explicitly saying “mansplaining.”

For those who know Jessica Price on Twitter, this conduct is not new. She previously stated in response Youtuber John Bain, AKA Totalbiscuit who passed away from cancer, “the kindest thing I can say is “I’m glad he’s no longer around to keep doing harm.”

Arenanet’s Mike O’Brien went on the Guild Wars 2 forum today to announce that Price as well as another employee were fired for their conduct.

“Recently two of our employees failed to uphold our standards of communicating with players. Their attacks on the community were unacceptable. As a result, they’re no longer with the company.

I want to be clear that the statements they made do not reflect the views of ArenaNet at all. 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.


Another developer, Peter Fries, joined Price in attacking the community in a now-deleted tweet and appears to be the other employee that was fired as a result.

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