The Lab Zero situation

CW: sexual harassment, abusive bosses in linked articles

Not sure if Waypoint is going to cover this but I wanted to give folks here the brief. Mike Zaimont, one of the programmers at Lab Zero Games (Skullgirls and Indivisible), is apparently a trashbag. After making an extremely tasteless “I can’t breathe” joke on stream, a number of people in the Skullgirls community came forward with receipts showing him making inappropriate sexual comments.

This prompted members of the Lab Zero team to come together and discover a pattern of sexual harassment and abuse of power in his capacity as a programmer at the company that had been happening under the surface in non-public spaces (i.e. private messages, etc.). They called on him to divest himself from the company, as he was the sole legal owner of Lab Zero due to an unrelated situation. Negotiations broke down after Zaimont demanded an unreasonable (possibly illegal?) amount to get bought out and a large and growing number of team members have already quit in response.

And for what it’s worth, Autumn Games owns the Skullgirls IP. I believe 505 Games owns Indivisible. Former devs at Lab Zero have encouraged people to continue to support Skullgirls and Skullgirls Mobile. Really sucks that this happened to these folks; they really can’t catch a break.

Kotaku report: https://kotaku.com/workers-leave-skullgirls-developer-over-studio-head-s-b-1844830307
Gamespot report: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/skullgirls-indivisible-devs-leave-studio-due-to-di/1100-6481346/
PC Gamer report: https://www.pcgamer.com/multiple-employees-resign-over-skullgirls-studio-heads-behavior/
Autumn Games statement in support of the workers: https://twitter.com/sgmobile/status/1298105337593991168
Brandon Sheffield tweet thread (good read for context): https://twitter.com/necrosofty/status/1297642777069514752

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