Wargaming Manager Quits Over "Contemptible" Firing of Employee

Controversy over how World of Warships handled the creation of the Yukon escalates as one employee is fired and their boss resigns.

Published: September 9, 2021 10:00 AM /


The Yukon in World of Warships, with a Canadian-themed paint job.

A controversy surrounding the creation of a ship in World of Warships is still burning. One of the game's employees has been let go and the employee's boss has resigned due to the attempt at scapegoating the employee, calling the way the company terminated him, "cowardly, contemptible, and shitbird-like".

As touched upon in a recent article about a different World of Warships controversy, the trouble started with the release of the HMCS Yukon. As part of its development, then-Community Contributor and ship reviewer LittleWhiteMouse provided input which was ignored (scroll down to "Chobi's Chibi-Chair" for the full story). Along with being the straw that caused the mass exodus of Community Contributors, it also caused problems behind the scenes with the staff at Wargaming. On Tuesday evening, LittleWhiteMouse heard from a fellow user that an employee by the name of @Elias_K_Grodin, formerly known as Gneisenau013, was no longer with the company, which another employee confirmed. LittleWhiteMouse in her post also suggested that Elias was a scapegoat for the Yukon controversy and was not okay with this, pointing out that he was "nothing but supportive, kind and fun to work with on Yukon" in a Reddit post.

But Elias isn't the only employee to have left Wargaming recently. On Twitter, Zachary "CabMech" Doig posted a lengthy message in which he announced his resignation from his position as Senior Manager of Community & Events on the World of Tanks America team. CabMech's reason for leaving is because of the recent termination of an unnamed employee on his team that "I believe to be a kind and competent individual". He goes on to describe the firing as part of an "illegitimate and incredibly persistent campaign" to scapegoat him for the most recent incident in "a toxic corporate culture perpetuating a cycle of serious errors that stretches back at 4 four years."

World of Warships is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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