Evolve community manager fired in ironic scandal

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Evolve looks like an awesome game, and even the fired community manager believes that people should buy it. Yes, it’s just that good. However, I’m a bit worried about the incredible irony present in the circumstances around his termination.

For those who aren’t aware, there is a huge controversy going on in the US of A. Donald Sterling made some racist remarks in his private capacity, leading to a lifetime ban from the NBA. People are showing very mixed reactions to the controversy – some feel that racism should always be punished while others think that comments made in private shouldn’t have anything to do with someone’s job. In a way, it’s reminiscent of the Paula Dean fiasco. It is something very present in the American consciousness at the moment, leading Evolve’s community manager to tweet from his private account:

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Now, to be clear, there was a context to those tweets. Olin was actually supporting the idea that people should have the freedom to think and feel whatever they like in their own homes, and that sensationalist media can be harmful to society. He wasn’t trying to support racism, but that didn’t stop Turtle Rock Studios from giving him the axe.

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In a statement to Game Informer, Olin clarified the situation:

Anyone who follows me knows my tweets were not in support of Sterling’s actions. Rather, they were promoting three core tenets I believe in: 1) The harm sensational media presents to society. 2) The importance and sanctity of your privacy within your own home. And 3) The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn’t hurting anyone else. That last point not to be confused with condoning Sterling’s actions, which I don’t.

That said, it’s disappointing to see that a select few in Turtle Rock and 2K Games management bought into this hysteria without even having a conversation with me – or even thoroughly reviewing the context of the tweets themselves. Ironically, it serves as a great example of why I hold tenet #1 above so close to heart. That said, everyone should totally still buy Evolve. The guys and gals making that game know their ***, and are making it good.

It is incredibly ironic that Olin would be fired for tweeting in his personal capacity in an argument that personal beliefs shouldn’t be aired out in the media. Beyond that, it’s another case of the sad state of the media. We’re seeing it so often now – perceived racism or sexism is causing big drama and hurting people’s careers. I think we can all agree that racism, sexism, homophobia and a list of other forms of discrimination is bad. But there has to be a line between personal beliefs and professional abilities or capacities.

Last Updated: May 2, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

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