Apex Legends chief game designer Daniel Z Klein has left Respawn Entertainment following the discovery of offensive blog posts published in 2007. DeviantArt blog images were shared on Twitter late last month and contain derogatory comments. for women and Africans.
Shortly after the images began circulating, Klein made a statement on July 28 denouncing the material. “I recently faced some horrible statements I made on a blog I wrote in 2007,” he said. he wrote on Twitter. "I have full ownership of the things I said and I'm ashamed, sad and angry with my younger self for saying these things. I hope it's obvious that I don't believe these things anymore."
Klein's colleague Ryan K Rigney, Respawn's communications director, spoke in favor of Klein at the time. "Daniel sent me the video himself to make me aware," Rigney said he wrote, referring to a YouTube video collecting old observations. "Regarding the comments: I don't think anything from 2007 will be reflected in a person in 2021. People are getting older. And the accusation of 'possible sexual assault' is above, it should never be to say such things without proof. "
Two weeks later, Klein has announced his departure from Respawn in a series of tweets. “I want to be very open here and say I’m heartbroken and depressed,” he wrote. "It's been a very dark day.
"You may or may not have seen the terrible, fanatical things I said in 2007. I wholeheartedly agree that that guy should have been fired. Since then I've poured so much energy into becoming a better person, and right now I’m just very depressed because it seems like I’ll never be able to get back what I was.
"I said racist and sexist things, not because I deeply believed any of them, but because I knew I could get a reaction from people. That doesn't excuse anything I said; the impact of my words goes be the same regardless of what I believed.
"I mention this because with the help of a lot of people who loved me despite the shit, sometimes I was able to move forward on the journey to become a better person. If my story can help a person to here in a similar position to see that there is a way to be better, it would at least serve a purpose. "
In a statement provided to Fanbyte before Klein's departure, EA wrote, "The comments are disturbing and we certainly do not accept the point of view expressed. Ours [human resources department] is aware and is investigating."
In a statement to Kotaku, Klein he wrote: "I own the terrible and fanatical statements I made in 2007 and I dislike my self for making them. But I also have no doubt that they came to light because someone was looking for things to hurt me. EA was aware of this complaint and I specifically asked them to wait for these strategies to be used against other employees in the future. "
Klein was previously fired from Riot Games in 2018 for failing to cooperate with the company’s social media policies, he said. Her departure came after the public advocacy of League of Legends PAX West events exclusively for women and non-binary attendees. “I was fired for violating our social media policy,” Klein said The Verge.
EA has not made any statement about Klein’s departure from Respawn at this time. I have asked for feedback and will update if I have news.