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Yogscast CEO steps down following sexual harassment allegations

Published: 17/Jul/2019 17:32 Updated: 21/Jun/2020 15:51

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Mark ‘Turps’ Turpin has resigned from his CEO position at British YouTube collective ‘Yogscast’ following sexual harassment allegations from members of their online community.

Turpin joined the company in 2012 as their Chief Executive Officer, where he remained for seven years until he resigned on July 17 after Yogscast community members accused him of sexual harassment.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, allegations of his misconduct started swirling after a 17-year-old girl claimed that he tried to solicit nude photographs of her. Turpin was reportedly on leave while an investigation was held.

YogscastTurpin was the company’s CEO since 2012.

Turpin responds with an apology

Turpin announced his resignation from Yogscast in a Reddit post on their official subreddit. “Hi guys. Just to let you know I’ve stepped down as CEO of the Yogscast.” he began. ” When I recently said we expected the highest levels of professionalism from our talent, I need to be held to those standards too.”

The former-CEO went on to address the allegations made against him, stating: “I have sent some inappropriate messages to several members of our community and I’m deeply embarrassed about this error of judgement. There’s no justification or excuse for my behaviour. I was in a position of considerable responsibility and you all deserved better from me.”

He then ended his post with an apology to the people affected by his behaviour, saying “If you’ve been upset by my actions, I’m very sorry.”

News from Turps – stepping down from r/Yogscast

It’s the second claim to hit the company in a month

The allegations against Turpin are the second of its kind this month, with the company dropping Matthew ‘CaffCast’ Meredith on July 5 after he was accused of sexually harassing “at least eight separate women.”

Fans of Yogscast were alerted to his firing by the company’s Discord moderators, who posted a detailed statement about the collective’s decision to end their relationship with him.

YouTube: CaffCastCaffCast was accused of similar behaviour earlier this month.

Admin ‘Mighty Claw’ claimed that they had received “corroborated and proven evidence that shows Caff has been abusing his position to pursue sexual relationships with those he has power and influence over, using his position as a point of coercion and control.”

It was also stated that CaffCast was in a long-term relationship, but would lie to newer female staff members about his romantic status, leading them to believe he was single. Mighty Claw also wrote that Caff would suggest hiring women to the moderation team, presumably so he could prey on them to “be able to more easily groom them for his sexual motivations.”

Yogscast / DiscordThe full statement from Mighty Claw.

We’ll update you with any further developments as they occur.

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.