Damaged Token CEO Faces Sexual Assault Claims, Companions Go away
Tabletop recreation firm Damaged Token is starting to really feel the fallout of some harsh accusations. This has resulted in quite a few firms severing enterprise arrangments with the corporate.
First, a short abstract of occasions. Damaged Token is an organization identified for making organizational inserts into board video games and different such equipment. They’ve partnered with quite a few board recreation firms earlier than due to this. Nonetheless, on August 19, a former worker on the firm, Ashley Taylor, revealed a put up titled “Talking as much as Defend Others” on Medium. On this piece, Taylor speaks up a couple of lengthy stretch of psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse achieved to her by the CEO of the corporate Greg Spence.
The piece itself dives deep into the circumstances Taylor discovered herself in. It encompasses 5 years of her time at Damaged Token, ranging from an optimistic 2013 to a tumultuous 2018, and revolves round quite a few advances Spence made towards her. Probably the most excessive of those conditions occurred in a span of two months the place Spence was separated from his spouse and shifted as consideration to Taylor. This result in an abusive surroundings the place she labored time beyond regulation hours and needed to undergo Spence’s needs, all with out being paid. Taylor acknowledged, “I ultimately gave in to him and began to do as he wished to ensure that the abuse to cease. I used to be downright depressing at this level. I now absolutely understood the sport that he was taking part in and I didn’t have a means out.” Taylor goes on to say she wasn’t the one one who suffered such therapy by Spence throughout this time. Shortly after the piece’s publication, former worker Tricia Sydney confirmed Taylor’s claims.
After the allegations went stay, Spence addressed the allegations by Damaged Token’s official Twitter account. Spence acknowledged that he can be taking these accusations critically. As a part of his official assertion, he provides credence to Taylor’s accusations. The assertion goes, “Throughout these previous couple of years, as my spouse and I proceed to work on our partnership, I’m assured that the shut and consensual interactions I had with others in and outdoors the office by no means crossed the road of sexual harassment or assault.”
As these tales proceed to flow into, Damaged Token’s varied companions have introduced they’re severing enterprise ties. Cephalofair Video games’ very personal Isaac Childres got here out stating sexual assault had no place within the board recreation business. He went on to say the corporate was exploring their manufacturing choices since Damaged Token had already made inserts for Kickstarter copies of Frosthaven. Evil Hat Productions, the corporate behind board video games and card video games based mostly on The Dresden Information additionally spoke out towards the corporate. They’ve publicly severed ties and have requested that Damaged Token cease promoting tie-in merchandise to their video games.
On the time of writing, extra firms proceed to sentence Damaged Token’s actions. These embrace Iello (who’re additionally donating the final three years of licensing charges from Damaged Token to RAINN), Gray Fox Video games, Ninja Star Video games, Pandasaurus, Better Than Video games, and Brotherwise Video games. Even the organizers of GenCon have come out confirming that Damaged Token aren’t exhibitors at this yr’s conference, and that they’ve forwarded the knowledge to their Coverage Enforcement Group for future motion. Board Recreation Geek got here out shortly after to make clear that Damaged Token hadn’t even registered for BGG Con earlier than these accusations got here to gentle; shortly after they confirmed The Damaged Token can be denied in the event that they tried.
One other condemnation of Damaged Token’s actions got here from an official assertion by the Recreation Producer’s Affiliation. They praised Taylor for talking out on the harassment, and expressed a zero tolerance coverage to such habits at their occasions and applications, and condemned it usually. In addition they acknowledged they have been engaged on a code of conduct, and that as a part of their member renewal and utility course of, beginning subsequent yr members must abide by it to be a part of the group.
As for what number of extra firms will comply with go well with severing ties is tough to inform, as Damaged Token had partnerships with quite a few firms within the business.