With MMO developer ArenaNet just lately changing into the newest in an extended string of studios shedding builders, Guild Wars 2 gamers have been gathering within the game to indicate their appreciation for many who discover themselves with out jobs.
Multiple occasions noticed individuals from everywhere in the world assembly up below the Lion’s Arch, toasting with body-changing tonics, and setting off fireworks in commemoration of the builders’ exhausting work.
The extent to which these layoffs really impacted the Guild Wars 2 staff is unclear. ArenaNet said at the time that they “will not be affected,” and that the restructuring was “due to the cancellation of unannounced projects.” But a later post on the company’s forums by game director Mike Zadorojny states that “it’s going to take some time for us to adjust to our staffing changes,” and that there can be some as-yet-unannounced delays to approaching updates.
Still, even when these job losses don’t have an effect on the MMO instantly, it’s a pleasant place for gamers to indicate their gratitude in the direction of the corporate’s staff typically. Plus, it comes as a welcome reminder that the player-developer relationship doesn’t should be antagonistic.
Fans like those that harassed Jessica Price and Peter Fries (who ArenaNet finally caved in to, firing the pair) don’t outline the entire group. Instead, occasions like these imply that individuals like Reddit customers PhamyCaint and BluJasmine, who organised some of the gatherings, and Twitter consumer David33Bx who took pictures (together with the one used within the header) of the attendees organized in coronary heart patterns, get to make their voices heard, and saying one thing good for as soon as.
Well needs have additionally been flooding in by way of the Twitter tag #Love4ArenaNet, and on a dedicated page on the Guild Wars 2 Wiki. It’s hardly a fix-all for an business that’s been shedding staff nearly too shortly to maintain up with, however it’s at the least a breath of contemporary air.