Just a few days ago, allegations of harassment against composer Jeremy Soule and developer / co-creator of Night in the Woods , Alec Holowka, had circulated to the detriment of a group of developers. The news had clearly caused a sensation, to the point that Infinite Fall (the study of Night in the Woods ) had distanced itself from the actions of which Holowka was accused by the developer Zoë Quinn (known name for the “GamerGate” case that broke out a few years ago), driving him away from the company and canceling the project he was working on, as well as declaring himself “very sad and very angry” about what happened.
A few days after the accusations, during the weekend he held the tragic news that, on August 31st, Alec Holowka died. The news on Twitter was his sister, Eileen Mary Holowka, who wrote a touching and heartbreaking message:
“Anyone who knows me knows that I believe in survivors, and I have always done everything to support the survivors, those who suffer from mental and chronic illnesses. Alex was a victim of abuse and spent his whole life struggling with disorders of mood and personality. I’m not saying he didn’t cause harm in his turn, but deep down he was a person who wanted to offer others only comfort and kindness. It took him a while to figure out how to do it. “
“Over the past few years, with therapy and drugs, Alec has become a new person – the same person who has always been when darkness did not prevail within him. He was calm and happy, positive and loving. Obviously, change it is a slow process and it was not perfect, but it was progressing towards rehabilitation and a better life “.
With regard to the accusations made by Quinn, Eileen then concluded her message asking not to use their pain in the wrong way and to have respect for the very fragile situation that has arisen in these last days, to then conclude: “We did our best to support Alec, but in the end he felt he had lost too much. “
A sudden and unexpected death, which brings with it great pain, since it is a young man who has been fighting for years against a dark evil that has devoured him every day, a little at a time. Undoubtedly, a situation made even more difficult and delicate to manage, especially due to the fact that this disappearance took place following very heavy charges against Holowka himself.