Wargaming Community Manager Quits Alleging ‘Toxic Corporate Culture’

Source: Kotaku

Everything Wargaming touches at the moment seems to turn to shit

If you’ve been having a bad few weeks, and really in 2021 who hasn’t been, it’s important to sit back, take a deep breath, take stock of your surroundings, and realise that you’re probably making smarter decisions than Wargaming.

We’re going to need to recap before we go any further. First, last month, players went into “open revolt” after Wargaming released a fan-favourite ship then botched its implementation, the drop serving as a “last straw” situation for a fanbase fed up with the increasing levels of monetisation being forced on the game.

In the wake of that whole mess, a Wargaming employee was suspended for sending out an abusive message disguised as a promo code:

…an employee thought this would…be the perfect time to send an insulting message hidden in a promo code about a streamer (I’ll explain this in a minute) who has had a contentious relationship with Wargaming. That streamer’s name is Turry, someone who instead of leaving Warships’ community program voluntarily was actually kicked out for being critical of the developers.

The code, sent out as a freebie to some Russian fans watching a stream of the game, was “W0LAXU5FKUTURY5″, and it didn’t take long for English-speaking players to wonder whether the “FKUTURY” was actually saying “Fuck You Turry.” That question was soon answered by Wargaming themselves, who admitted it had been intentional. “This is unacceptable. We conducted an internal audit and found that this situation occurred due to the actions of a certain employee. The employee was suspended from this job and the most stringent measures were applied to him according to the results of the audit.”

Then earlier this week Wargaming fired an employee (known online as Gneisenau013) over an earlier community debacle, one involving a ship that was supposed to be designed in consultation with some popular players but at release used almost none of their suggestions.

Now, after that firing—which the community feels was a scapegoat situation—a community manager from Wargaming’s other big game, World of Tanks, has quit in solidarity, firing off one hell of a statement on his way out. Zachary “CabMech” Doig says Gneisenau013’s sacking was, “an illegitimate and incredibly persistent campaign to unfairly scapegoat him by the leadership of his former team,” who are, “desperate to have anyone at all to blame for the most recent incident of, what I perceive to be, a toxic corporate culture perpetuating a cycle of serious errors that stretches back at least 4 years – well before his time on that team and with causes well over his pay grade.”

Doig’s full statement is below:

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Tank Wars Round 5: Tankfest Special With the M4A3E8 Fury and Tiger 131

The Tank Museum in Bovington, U.K. and World of Tanks are once again celebrating Tankfest, a gigantic display of historic moving armor and vehicles from the Second World War! It is the Year of the Sherman, and two icons, which are also available as Premium vehicles, are part of the live show.

What better way to showcase these legends than with dedicated missions and rewards for a special edition of Tank Wars? Instead of a friendly competition between two standard vehicles, we’re doing away with the scores and clearing the stage for the two stars of Tankfest: the American VI M4A3E8 Fury and the German VI Tiger 131 .

Choose the side that fits your style or piques your interest and start completing missions for Tank Wars Points and Stage Rewards. Both sides feature the same discounts and missions for a wide variety of associated vehicles. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore a Tech Tree or return to old favorites that have been gathering dust.

Tank Wars Round 5

Team Registration: September 10 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2) through September 20 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Event Duration: September 13 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2) through September 20 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Event Summary

  • Complete repeatable missions to earn Tank Wars Points and unlock Stage Rewards.
  • Pick up increasingly rare and valuable items with Stage Rewards—it all depends on your Personal Progression.
  • Take advantage of credit discounts on Tech Tree vehicles of the nations of the Hero tanks—ideal if you’re a new commander or don’t have a well-stocked Garage.
  • Earn Tank Wars Points with guaranteed Twitch Drops to make sure you safely reach Stage Reward milestones.

Aside from prestige and glory, there are no personal or team rewards. But the missions and rewards offer an equitable distribution of rewards, no matter when you join a team.

Join a Team

Registration starts September 10 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2) and lasts until September 20 at 07:00 CEST (UTC+2).

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Prime Gaming Summer Bundle

It’s a beautiful time of the year! The sun’s out and the temperature is (hopefully) bearable! This month’s Summer Vibes drop means you can remain summery for the entire year with the unique 2D style based on those fabulous Hawaiian shirts. It also features a welcoming message—unless you’re directing it at an enemy.

The Summer Vibes drop is available from September 08 through September 27 through Prime Gaming.

Here’s a preview of how the style looks on this month’s rental vehicle picks:

 

 

Aloha Shirt style Aloha inscription
In addition to this tropical 2D style, you’ll be guaranteed two summertime decals and an exclusive medal, all of which you can see below.
A Taste of Paradise decal Under the Sun decal Dream Vacay medal

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Recon Mission Stage 2 Has Started

Recon Mission Stage 2

September 8, 14:00 CEST through September 15, 00:59 CEST (UTC+2)

Ceasefire Mon-Fri: 01:00 – 14:00 CEST
Sat-Sun: 01:00 – 12:00 CEST
Want to be the first to explore all the latest maps, Commanders?

Recon Mission is a temporary event that allows you to play on maps that are still in development so that you can influence their final appearance. Each of the three Stages of this event will last 7 days and feature 3 new maps. The gameplay experience on these maps is almost finalized, but the visuals may undergo further changes before release. Your feedback and the statistics we obtain will help us understand what balance adjustments and other final refinements are needed.

 Rules

Battles are fought in Tier VIII–X vehicles only. There are no restrictions regarding vehicle type. Teams will have 15 players each fighting under Standard Battle rules.

 Economy

Like in Random Battles, playing in this mode will net you credits, bonds, and all types of experience. Battle results will be counted towards Random Battle statistics.

 Missions

You can earn Battle Pass Points, medals, Marks of Excellence, and Mastery Badges, as well as complete any missions, except for Personal Missions and clan tasks, in Recon Mission battles.

The maps that are the most popular with the community will be prioritized for addition to the Random Battles map pool in future updates. Try them all out and cast your vote for the maps you like the most and the least in each Stage to earn rewards including exclusive medals and camo, Personal Reserves, and days of WoT Premium Account!

3 New Maps To Try!

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Place of Power
Foothills
Volga

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