Yogscast, the game-streaming collective, has severed ties with its content creator Matthew Meredith, known as Caff, as allegations emerged of sexual harassment against him.
In a statement on Reddit, Yogscast CEO Mark “Turps” Turpin said: “Earlier today I was notified of serious allegations made against Caff and his conduct with particular members of his audience. As you know, the Yogscast expects the highest levels of professionalism from its talent and that it is central to the company and its ethos that our fans and community are considered first.
“Having reviewed the evidence and carefully considered this situation, we have concluded that Caff’s conduct is a material breach of our talent agreements and code of conduct that results in us terminating his relationship with the Yogscast effective immediately. We have removed his channels from our YouTube CMS and have requested Twitch remove his channels from association with the Yogscast. He is no longer part of the Yogscast collective.”
Moderator Jane Dash shared a post on Twitter which sheds further light on the allegations against Meredith. It includes another post from the moderator Mighty Claw on the Caffcast Discord server, which stated that eight women had come forward to make allegations against Meredith, and that it had unearthed: “Corroborated and proven evidence” which showed that Meredith: “Has been abusing his position as a content creator for at least the last three years to pursue sexual relationships with those he has power and influence over, using his position as a point of coercion and control.”
The post added that Meredith had been urging the Caffcast moderator team to hire women whose qualifications for the posts were questionable, and that: “We now believe in retrospect that his reasons for suggesting these women were to gain additional access to these members in a closer environment to be able to more easily groom them for his sexual motivations.”
During that period, according to Mighty Claw’s post, Meredith had been in a six-year relationship with his girlfriend, but members of the Caffcast moderator team had been asked to keep that fact quiet. The entire Caffcast staff has now resigned.