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Repercussions of Sexual Harassment: Indie Statik Co-Founders Leave

Think before you type.

Yesterday was not a good day at the offices of Indie Statik. CEO and Founder, Josh Mattingly, officially stepped down from the indie journalism mantle after making completely inappropriate comments to a female game developer. The co-founder and Editor-In-Chief (EIC) Chris Priestman has stepped down as well.

According to a Kotaku article, Josh Mattingly, starts with "hello" and "...how are you pretty lady?" Mattingly continues on, asking about a game that is possibly in development. Then he states her reward for helping him is "I'll kiss you on the vagina if you do." The few following lines are degrading and worse than "let me know if you need a penis for anything in the near future."

Needless to say Mr. Mattingly posted an apology here. He takes full responsiblity for his actions and admits to struggling with mental health issues and alchoholism. Along with that apology, Indie Statik announced "for the sake of the community and our website, we felt it was best for Josh to remain out of the picture for a while."

In that same announcement EIC and co-founder Chris Priestman is stepping down.

Yup, that's right, both founders of the company. Part of the letter posted by the Indie Statik staff made very clear that "Josh’s actions do not reflect on our writers as individuals, or the mission of Indie Statik, and we hope our readers will understand."

Meanwhile, David DeCarmine of Game Jolt will take care of the site to make sure it's running smooth. Chloi Rad will take the helm as the EIC.

My Thoughts

I hope the staff at Indie Statik are not affected by this in a negative way. This kind of behavior warrants recognition and people need to vocalize, it is not okay. Josh Mattingly agrees he's only added to the already vulgar, and at times grotesque, cesspool of harassment towards women in the industry.

As I try to find something clever to say, nothing comes to mind. This type of immaturity and lack of self-control tends to get under my skin. Having recently realized my own daughter will one day be online, it disappoints me that industry professionals - even those who advocate against this behaviour - are just as guilty.

@Coatedpolecat

Published Jan. 23rd 2014
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    Just wanted to add the link for the interview given by the woman:

    http://www.gameskinny.com/8jbtu/woman-harassed-by-indiestatiks-josh-mattingly-talks
  • Illutian
    Wow...watched a few of Jesse Cox's 'Greenlight' sessions with Josh.
    ...kind of surprised a person like that would act like this.
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    Did Priestman give a reason for stepping down? Who is the company being handed to?
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    A woman named Chloi Rad, though Josh Mattingly is still on top of their Staff page.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    Priestman responded in a post on his individual blog: http://chrispriestman.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/ive-left-indie-statik/
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Contributor
    When would that 'kiss you on the va-jay-jay' ever be appropriate?

    He said that he was drunk at the time, which doesn't add to the professionalism fail here.

    It's hard for me to imagine reaching a certain pinnacle and suddenly a guy turns into Don Draper. 'Hey how are ya, sugar tits?' (I recommend Kristen Schal's recent big on the Daily Show where she turns the tables on Jon Stewart. Very funny and sadly still true apparently).
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I've been drunk plenty of times, though I say dumb things, there's still a filter.

    Maybe you shouldn't be trying to work while that drunk.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    No one should be doing ANY kind of work if drunk. Nothing ever calls for the way he talked to her unless you're reading a porno script on the set.
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    I feel him for the loss of his brother, but...

    Honestly, I don't feel him for much else. I think he deserves whatever he gets, including the loss of his studio. If you look at the time stamp on the Facebook chat between them, the most vulgar messages are almost seven hours apart. Like... why?

    That's the question I have for every man who makes this 'mistake' (read: dumbass decision trying to be funny): Why?
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    The only excuse I could come up with, especially considering how they've (as a company) been a positive force for the industry, is that he was drunkenly hitting on her. But as it was phrased in a professional capacity, it came off way wrong.

    That's not saying that I'm not completely disgusted by his actions. I really am.

    I am saddened by whatever harm this causes IndieStatik as a whole. I really, really like that site.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    none of it was necessary. I cringe while reading it.
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    The timestamps make me think that he was turning past drunk into alcoholic.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    He probably was drunk or at least altered in some way at the time.

    However, I've never once considered that a viable excuse.

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