Matt Conn, one of the founders of the GaymerX convention for LGBTQIA persons and the former CEO of Midboss Studios, has resigned. Not only that, but Conn appears to have deleted his Twitter account as the allegations about sexual misconduct have spread throughout the industry. Conn was also anti-#GamerGate and aligned against the movement that was fighting for better ethics in media journalism, as pointed out by the Steam GamerGate group.
Venture Beat is reporting that Matt Conn has stepped down from his duties at both GaymerX and Midboss, the latter of which was responsible for the Liberal-themed game, 2064: Read Only Memories.
Conn posted a tweet on the morning of March 26th, 2018 before deactivating the account, writing the following.
This connects with a previous tweet posted on March 25th, 2018. If you’re unable to view the messages, Conn wrote…
“I have a lot I need to say and 280 characters at a time won’t cut it. I’ve made some major mistakes and I plan to own up to and fix them, however I can’t give everyone answers immediately, but please know that I will not skirt from my responsibility to give you answers […]
“[…] Effective immediately I’m resigning from GaymerX and all activities involved in that and I’ll also be taking a leave from Midboss once I can make sure the remaining employees payroll is handled.”
Conn’s resignation arrived after a deluge of backlash began sprouting up against the MidBoss CEO.
Many of the allegations about Conn’s alleged sexual misconduct and pay discrepancies were detailed in a lengthy piece by GamesIndustry.biz, which collected a number of testimonies from former employees who corroborated each other’s stories about Conn.
Tyler Gausvik, the former marketer for 2064: Read Only Memories, a game hailed by Liberal media as being “diverse” and “inclusive”, came out against Conn, writing…
“Former MidBoss employee here. Everything in this thread is true and unfortunately my reality. A lot of sexual harassment/misbehavior, emotional manipulation, and other really toxic behavior. I was threatened with litigation when I spoke out.
“My time at MidBoss was full of a lot of good things and I met a lot of wonderful people, but Matt’s behavior was horrific and terrible on so many levels. I could go on for hours. I was paid less than minimum wage for full time work, berated and belittled for hours over minor mistakes, called an unprofessional slut, and was also subjected to inappropriate sexual workplace conduct/harassment, and grooming.”
Following the publication of the articles, Conn decided to deactivate his Twitter account. Someone else has now taken control of Conn’s old account handle.
Conn was quickly criticized for running afoul of what many of #GamerGate’s opponents accused the consumer revolt of. In fact, back in 2014 GaymerX was easily pressured into an anti-#GamerGate stance, as reported by TechRaptor.
In 2015, Conn did ease up on his stance on #GamerGate supporters, in an interview with Re/Code published on March 30th, 2015, Conn stated…
“On Gamergate, they’re still people. Their ideas are not invalid because they support one idea that we don’t like. I don’t think these people are bigots. I just think that this change is happening very quickly, and they don’t understand why. It hasn’t been presented to them in a way that’s like, “Hey, here’s why this is happening.” To an extent, we’ve kind of written them off: “We know what’s best for you guys. And your input’s not important.” It’s tough. For the first time in a lot of these people’s lives, their opinion isn’t as valid because it’s not really about them.”
Conn’s leniency didn’t last for long.
In spring of 2017, MidBoss was back to attacking anyone who didn’t align with their political views, and specifically targeted those who voted for President Donald Trump, or anyone who aligned on the Right of the political spectrum. In retaliation, many Conservatives tanked the Metacritic scores for 2064: Read Only Memories, which resulted in MidBoss apologizing.
This time around an apology wasn’t enough to stave off the media vultures.
Conn did tell VentureBeat that he didn’t mean to make anyone feel uncomfortable and that he would be working on his behavior, saying…
“I cut a lot of corners, I’m a weird guy, and I put people off in a lot of ways, and I don’t mean to, but I never intend to make anyone ever feel uncomfortable and I need to get better. I didn’t realize. I would never intentionally want anyone to ever feel uncomfortable. Especially looking back at it, I realize that there’s definitely a lot of things I could have done differently.”
Conn also told VentureBeat that he plans on seeking therapy to help cope with his work-related and personal life issues.
At this point, #GamerGate supporters shouldn’t have to worry about hearing from Matt Conn anytime soon now that he’s resigned from MidBoss and GaymerX.