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Night in the Woods studio and publisher cut ties with Alec Holowka over abuse allegations

Night in the Woods studio and publisher cut ties with Alec Holowka over abuse allegations

Both the developer Infinite Fall and publisher Kinji of indie hit Night in the Woods have distanced themselves from Alec Holowka after the coder and designer was accused of abuse and sexual assault earlier this week.

Taking to Twitter, the game's co-creator Scott Benson said the studio wouldn't be working with Holowka in the future and that the team was "heartbroken" by the allegations levelled at one of their members. This was reiterated on the official Night in the Woods Twitter account, with the team saying they were cutting ties with Holowka after "some agonising consideration."

As a result, a project that's in development has been cancelled and postponing a physical release of the game. 

Meanwhile, the CEO of publisher Finji Rebekah Saltsman posted on Twitter saying that she stood beside the Night in the Woods team in their decision to cut ties with Holowka, saying that she is taking the allegations against Holowka seriously.

Holowka is just one developer who has been accused of abuse or harassment in the last few days.

We have reached out to Holowka for comment 


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

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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