The Sound Designer on PC Game Subnautica is under fire for a series of tweets he posted in early February.
Simon Chylinski’s tweets, which are featured below, involve him making racist and transphobic remarks and have been met with criticism by people online. The tweets include him saying that importing people from third world countries is also importing, “3rd world tier crime rates and IQ” and that identifying as transgender is comparable to identifying as a “helicopter.”
Since posting his slew of tweets, Chylinski has made his twitter account private, meaning that they cannot be accessed unless he allows it. However, his account on social media site Gab is public and features a number of posts condemning diversity and Islam.
Chylinski isn’t the only member of the Subnautica to cause controversy on Twitter, as game director and lead gameplay programmer, Charlie Cleveland has also recently come under scrutiny. Cleveland recently made a poll asking users if they’d “rather have more content or if they’d rather play as a woman.” He has since deleted his tweet and issued an apology.
Cleveland also responded to Chylinski transphobic “helicopter’ tweet, in which Chylinski likened a transgender person to someone choosing to identify as a helicopter. His response is shown below.
Subnautica is a survival adventure game that has players exploring the oceans of an alien planet. It was released on January 23rd on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Mac.
Updated: Wednesday, February 7th, 2017.
It has been reported that, Simon Chylinski has been fired from Unknown Worlds Entertainment, the developer behind Subnautica for his recent comments. Subnautica boss, Charlie Cleveland announced the move in a statement to Kotaku:
“Over the weekend we discovered that one of our team members had made many hateful statements online that are against our company values. After discussing the matter with him, we decided to stop working with him immediately.”
Stay tuned to CGMagazine for further updates on this developing story.
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