Alec Holowka

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Alec Holowka
Alec Holowka 2019 IGF.jpg
Holowka at the 2019 Independent Games Festival
Born(1983-10-30)30 October 1983
Died31 August 2019(2019-08-31) (aged 35)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Cause of deathSuicide [1]
OccupationGame programmer, designer, musician
Notable work
I'm O.K – A Murder Simulator
Night in the Woods

Alec Holowka (30 October 1983[2] – 31 August 2019) was a Canadian indie game developer, co-founder of an independent game companies Infinite Ammo, Infinite Fall, and Bit Blot.[3] He was known for collaborating with Derek Yu to create Aquaria and freeware game I'm O.K - A Murder Simulator and with Scott Benson and Bethany Hockenberry to create Night in the Woods. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Controversy and death[change | change source]

In early August 2019, Holowka was accused of physical and sexual assault by many women including Zoë Quinn.[4] He killed himself on August 31, 2019, aged 35. According to his sister, Holowka had been "battling mood and personality disorders" through his life but "was a victim of abuse".[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Penny, Laurie (September 6, 2019). "Gaming's #MeToo Moment and the Tyranny of Male Fragility | WIRED". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  2. "Alec Holowka - Indie House / Night In The Woods [October 2013]". YouTube. FullIndie.
  3. "Bitblot - company". Bit Blot. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  4. "Night in the Woods Developer Accused of Sexual Assault Dies". IGN Nordic. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  5. Woods, Andy (31 August 2019). "Night in the Woods developer Alec Holowka has died". PC Gamer. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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