Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin resigns after sexual harassment allegations

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Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin

Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin has become the second employee of the games broadcasting collective to resign after facing allegations of sexual harassment.

Yogscast CEO Mark Turpin has become the second employee of the games broadcasting collective to resign after facing allegations of sexual harassment.

Turpin’s departure comes less than two weeks after Yogscast dropped Matthew “Caff” Meredith, who was also accused of sexual harassment. Announcing his resignation on the Yogscast subreddit, Turpin said: “Just to let you know I’ve stepped down as CEO of the Yogscast. When I recently said we expected the highest levels of professionalism from our talent, I need to be held to those standards too.

“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. If you’ve been upset by my actions, I’m very sorry.”

When Yogscast dropped “Caff” Meredith, Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley put out an appeal on Twitter asking for anyone who had: “A negative experience with a content creator or member of staff” at Yogscast to come forward. One 17-year-old alleged that Turpin tried to solicit nude photos from her.

The apparent emergence of a toxic culture at Yogscast is potentially embarrassing for Microsoft, which in 2016 awarded the production of its Xbox One programme to Yogscast, taking it away from previous producer Attention Seekers. Microsoft has already been reevaluating its video output, recently making staff cuts at Mixer and Inside Xbox.

For the latest Yogscast-related news, keep an eye on the company’s website.

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