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 Twitter – as 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.