Hogwarts Legacy cursed with new controversy from pro-Gamergate lead designer

A new Harry Potter controversy has sprung up, this one concerning the lead designer of Hogwarts Legacy, who has a pro-Gamergate YouTube channel.

Hogwarts Legacy may be the Harry Potter game fans have dreamed of for years, but its announcement was already reeling from J.K. Rowling’s controversial comments on transgender people, with many declaring they will boycott the game.

Warner Bros. and developer Avalanche have attempted to distance themselves from Rowling by assuring fans that she has no direct involvement with the project, but now another controversy has been making the rounds, one concerning the game’s lead designer, Troy Leavitt.

Initially spotted and highlighted by journalist Liam Robertson, Leavitt once maintained a YouTube channel that is distinctly pro-Gamergate, the incredibly controversial movement that claimed to be about ethics in games journalism but was really just an excuse to harass and abuse women.

We reached out to Warner Bros. for a comment on the situation and they have yet to reply.

Hogwarts Legacy will release for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One in 2022.

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