A new Harry Potter game is causing a ruckus in the gaming world. It's called Have They Streamed That Wizard Game and it reveals which streamers have played the game, allowing people who oppose it to boycott their channels. The site was created by a web developer who says he has been harassed over the project.
The controversy is over Hogwarts Legacy, a role-playing game that allows players to live out their fantasies as students at the fictional boarding school of witchcraft and wizardry created by J. K. Rowling. It's already a top-selling game on Steam, and many gamers have pledged to boycott it.
Rowling is a divisive figure in the world of fantasy literature, known for her activism highlighting what she believes are the physical risks to women from biological men who identify as transgender. She's been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist, or TERF. Her activism has led to many movements that seek to boycott everything she touches.
Among those is the boycott of Hogwarts Legacy, which has been fueled by a new website aimed at tracking Twitch streamers who play the game. The site, which has been referred to as Voldemort (he-who-shall-not-be-named in the world of Harry Potter) by some, lets people know who plays the game so they can avoid them.
It has been used by those who want to boycott the game, and it's also been used to harass small content creators who have made the decision to play. It's a shame because Hogwarts Legacy is a well-made game that does a good job of capturing the feel of the world and characters. It's up to individual gamers to decide whether they can separate it from Rowling's beliefs, but they shouldn't be subjected to harassment simply because of their choice.