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Lab Zero staff accuse lead designer of abuse

Lab Zero staff accuse lead designer of abuse

A number of developers at Skullgirls and Indivisible maker Lab Zero have announced their departure from the studio over allegations made against lead designer Mike Zaimont.

In a post on Twitteras reported by GamesIndustry.biz – senior animator Jonathan Kim said that Zaimont's behaviour had been revealed during 2020, when the company was set to become an employee-owned studio. During this time he was involved in two 'incidents' leading the team to investigate with its employees. Kim alleges that Zaimont "abused his position of power" with sexual abuse and misconduct.

"Almost every employee had a story where Mike abused his position of power to put his coworkers in uncomfortable stressful situations for years, which include: frequently mentioning his genitals, forcing unwanted physical contact, making sexual comments about himself or about employee's bodies, insulting coworkers privately or in front of other coworkers, or using very personal details to threaten or demean coworkers when they didn't go along with what he wanted or act in a way he wished," he said.

Art producer Brian Jun has corroborated Kim's story and resigned from the company. Skullgirls publisher and IP owner Autumn Games, as well as the maker of Skullgirls Mobile Hidden Variable, released a joint statement on Twitter following these accusations being made public announcing that it was cutting ties with Lab Zero and Zaimont.

We've reached out to Zaimont for comment.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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