Alec Holowka Biography
Alec Holowka was a Canadian indie game developer, co-founder of an independent game companies Bit Blot, and Infinite Ammo, where he worked as lead programmer, musician and game designer. 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 and as well as founding an independent game company called Infinite Fall.
Not sure how to respond to the news of Alec Holowka taking his own life, other than that I feel very sorry for all those that have spoken out against their abusers and will be blamed because of this. This is not their fault in any way, shape or form.
— Dusky (@OutRawred) August 31, 2019
Alec Holowka Personal life
Holowka was introduced to programming at the age of eight when his father purchased him a book Basic Fun. Eventually he began working with a freeware group called Zaphire Productions. He then worked for a number of failed startups, including one in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada working on a PC multiplayer fantasy action title and a combat racer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the Xbox 360.
Alec Holowka’s death should be a testament to the toxicity of “cancel culture.”
If he was truly guilty, then nobody gets justice, and everybody feels shitty.
If he was innocent, then he was driven to this point by an angry mob, and they should be ashamed.
There is no resolution.
— Alex “The Hatman” Baldwin (@TheHat2) August 31, 2019
Alec Holowka Career
Holowka acted as a sound engineer on the 2006 freeware title I’m O.K – A Murder Simulator as a response to American lawyer Jack Thompson’s A Modest Video Game Proposal. Holowka met Derek Yu in the comments section of popular technology website Slashdot in a post regarding Jack Thompson’s proposal and along with Chris Hanson and Phil Jones formed satire company Thompsonsoft for the once-off release.
After its release Holowka introduced Yu to a project he had been working on independently, Yu was interested in the project and the two officially formed developer Bit Blot the week before the Independent Games Festival deadline. The project was released on 7 December 2007 under the title Aquaria and was the recipient of the Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally grand prize for best game in March 2007.
In October 2013, Holowka and independent animator Scott Benson successfully crowdfunded the game Night in the Woods under the studio name “Infinite Fall”.
Alec Holowka Night in the Woods
In August 2019, Scott Benson announced that the Night in the Woods development team had cut ties with Holowka after sexual and physical abuse allegations were made against him. Holowka died on 31 August 2019, days after these accusations were made.
Zoe Quinn just drove a man to suicide with a rape allegation that was likely false. Of course, his cucked colleagues took her side.
In response, Alec Holowka took his life. pic.twitter.com/Lv4EKL879j
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) August 31, 2019
Alec Holowka Ludography
Alec Holowka Crayon Physics Deluxe
Alec Holowka I’m O.K.
I’m O.K. is a side-scrolling satirical platform shoot-em-up, which was created by Derek Yu (art), Alec Holowka (sound), and Chris Hanson (code) as a response to Jack Thompson’s open letter, “A Modest Video Game Proposal.” It is a “retro” style arcade game, which parodies various famous games, game companies, and game developers. The main protagonist of the game is Osaki Kim, who blames the video game industry for the death of his child. The player takes the role of the Osaki Kim as he shoots his way up to the E3 Media and Business Summit, killing game developers along the way.
Alec Holowka Aquaria
Alec Holowka Owl Country
In early 2008, Holowka along with a group of other independent developers during the Game Developers Conference 2008 in San Francisco, California created a project with most of the work being done at their hotel, the Holiday Inn. Holowka acted as musician and programmer. The project was created as a response to an incident occurring following Kokoromi’s Gamma 256 party following the Montreal International Game Summit in Montreal, Canada.
Alec Holowka Paper Moon
On 15 August 2008 Holowka, along with newly formed developer Infinite Ammo, created Paper Moon, a game that was picked along with another five games to be showcased at the 2008 GAMMA event.
Alec Holowka Everyone Loves Active 2
Holowka wrote the music for Kyle Pulver’s freeware game, Everyone Loves Active 2.
Alec Holowka Verge
Holowka teamed up with Pulver again for Verge, providing the game’s music. Verge is a short side scrolling platformer focused on life and death. It was created for and won The Independent Gaming Source’s Commonplace Book Competition. An extended version of the game is currently in development.
Alec Holowka Offspring Fling
Holowka wrote the music for Kyle Pulver’s game, Offspring Fling.
Alec Holowka TowerFall Ascension
Holowka wrote the music for the indie game TowerFall Ascension, initially released in 2013 for the Ouya, but re-released with the Ascension subtitle and an expanded soundtrack in 2014 for the PS4 and PC markets.
Alec Holowka Night in the Woods
Alec Holowka Oceanheart
Oceanheart is an unreleased game as of October 2017, but it is slated to have music by Holowka.
Zoe Quinn allegations.
Alec Holowka’s death is very tragic, and even though it appears that he was abusive to several women in the games industry throughout this career, I don’t think any one of them wished for his death.
What pisses me off is the CHUDs who will weaponize this to further force silence
— Tanner Rubert @ BURNING UP (@KingHippo42) August 31, 2019
Holowka was recently accused of sexual assault by another game developer, who stated that Holowka sexually abused her and confined her to his home in Winnipeg, Canada.
Eileen Holowka returned to Twitter shortly after her initial post to follow up with an additional comment.
“And in case it’s not already f****** obvious, Alec *specifically said* he wished the best for Zoe and everyone else, so don’t use our grief as an excuse to harass people. Go outside, take care of someone, and work towards preventing these kinds of things in the first place,” Eileen Holowka wrote.
I’m already seeing a TON of backlash against Zoe Quinn now that Alec Holowka – her abuser – killed himself following her allegations against him.
Cut that shit out. How an abuser responds to their behavior being made public is not the victim’s responsibility.
— Vaush (@VaushV) August 31, 2019
Those sexual assault accusations were later followed by Infinite Fall, the studio behind Night in the Woods, cutting ties with Alec Holowka. Infinite Fall’s staff also decided to cancel an upcoming project and also delay the physical edition release of Night in the Woods. The iOS port of the game is being developed by an external studio, so it remains in development.
“This week, allegations of past abuse have come to light regarding Alec Holowka, who was coder, composer, and co-designer on Night In The Woods,” the official Night In The Woods Twitter account wrote on August 28. “We take such allegations seriously as a team. As a result and after some agonizing consideration, we are cutting ties with Alec.”
Alec Holowka Death, Alec Holowka Cause of Death
Holowka’s death comes only days after accusations of sexual assault were made against him.
Alec Holowka, my brother and best friend, passed away this morning. pic.twitter.com/NONUNSZ08q
— Eileen Mary Holowka (@derangedpoetess) August 31, 2019
Alec Holowka, a designer, programmer, and composer on Night in the Woods has died. The announcement of Holowka’s death comes from sister Eileen Mary Holowka on Twitter.. Eileen Holowka said in the message that her brother had taken his own life. In the statement, Eileen thanks game developer Adam Saltsman for “staying up late talking with us and reminding Alec that there was a future.”
In the wake of the allegations made by Quinn, Scott Benson, of the “Night in the Woods” team, announced that they had severed ties with Holowka. Quinn made her allegations on Twitter on August 27.
You know, I wasn’t going to say anything on this matter.
But you know what? Fuck that.
Callout culture has actually killed someone today.
Alec Holowka, after being accused and tried in the court of public opinion with no evidence, has taken his own life today.
— Artemis Dragmire (@artemisdragmire) August 31, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Eileen Holowka Says That Her Brother Had Been a Victim of Abuse in His Life & Battled Mental Illness
- Holowka Wone the Seamus McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival in 2007
- Holowka Began Creating Games at 8 Years Old
- Holowka’s Firing Led to the Cancelation of an In-Development Project at Infinite Fall