Game developer Troy Leavitt, who found himself in hot water after coming under fire for his controversial YouTube channel, has explained why he left Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy studio Avalanche Software. He released the recording of a video presentation he gave to colleagues at the time of his departure, which spells out the reasons for his departure, his reaction to the articles written about him, and more.
He started by laying out a timeline. In January 2020, before the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leavitt said he received some “difficult news” about his family. By April of 2020, he told HR that he was planning to retire in August of 2020 and then move to Nevada to be closer to family and help with the “family issues.” The Avalanche team suggested that Leavitt instead take some time off and come back when he could, and that’s what he did.
Leavitt said WB Games was a good partner during his time at Avalanche and said again that the management was aware of his YouTube channel years ago. After reports about Leavitt’s YouTube channel began to make the rounds, management at WB Games did not pressure him into retiring or stepping away, Leavitt said. “Not in the least,” he said. “I never felt like my job or my position was truly threatened.” But Leavitt eventually followed through with his plan to retire and he did so in March 2021 to be with his family.
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