If you are not following gaming types on Twitter then you are probably unaware that over the past few days a number of high profile industry veterans have been accused of sexual harassment, emotional abuse, and sexual assault.
One of those accused is the co-creator of indie hit Night in the Woods, Alec Holowka. Zoë Quinn, a game developer and writer who created Depression Quest, has said that Holowka assaulted a few years ago in Winnipeg, Canada. She posted a very graphic description of the alleged sexual assault and accuses Holowka of “slowly [isolating] me from everyone else in my life while absolutely degrading me whenever we were alone.”
Scott Benson has now posted statement on Twitter on behalf of himself and the third member of Night of the Woods’ team, Bethany Hockenberry.
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. We take such allegations seriously as a team. As a result and after some agonizing consideration, we are cutting ties with Alec.
We are cancelling a current project and postponing the Limited Run physical release. The iOS port is being handled by an outside company and supervised by Finji and will remain in development.
We’ve received a lot of emails and messages in the past few days, often very hurt and angry. That’s also how we feel. This has been very, very tough. Going forward, Night In The Woods will be handled by Bethany and I. We’re not sure what that all means yet. This stuff takes time.
Thanks for your support over the years. We’re sorry to even have to say any of this. That’s all I can say at the moment. Thank you for your patience.
Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule has also been accused of rape and vocalist Aeralie Brighton has shared that Soule sent her a video of himself masturbating and then cut her from a project because she was disgusted.
Shelton from Splash Damage has also been accused of assault and Marketing Director at Owlchemy Labs, Autumn Rose Taylor, shared another horrifying incident where she accuses Oculus co-founder Michael Antonov putting his hands up her skirt while she was wearing a VR headset.
There are many more accusations with woman corroborating each other stories.