Earlier this month, Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet fired two employees after a back and forth confrontation that occurred between them and a Twitch streamer. One of those employees, Jessica Price, has been considerably outspoken regarding the decision, even going as far as to change her Twitter bio to reference the situation.
“Game producer, writer, editor, howling maenad. Fired from ArenaNet & Paizo for refusal to act like I’m men’s property. I won’t play demure for you. Block often.”
The firing has stirred up quite the commotion on both sides of the games journalism spectrum. Many have stated that Price’s firing was warranted, as it represented the company negatively. Others believe that the situation was a gross overreaction to comments that occurred outside of the workplace on the employee’s personal twitter account. There are also many of those caught in the middle, who believe that the conversation could have been handled better on both ends, by both Price and streamer Deroir.
Even before she was fired, Jessica Price had been very outspoken regarding her support and mindset regarding Feminism. That in and of itself was enough fuel for those that hate her or those that side with her to fan the flames of the recent firing.
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