Popular YouTube and Twitch channel The Yogscast is embroiled in a harassment scandal involving one of its content creators and its CEO, with a third member under investigation.
Mark ‘Turps’ Turpin (pictured) stepped down as Yogscast CEO today following accusations of inappropriate behaviour including apparent sexual harassment and abusing a position of responsibility.
Turps said in this Reddit post: “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.”
“There’s no justification or excuse for my behaviour. If you’ve been upset by my actions, I’m very sorry.”
Mark ‘Turps’ Turpin
The news comes after Yogscast content creator Matthew ‘CaffCast’ Meredith was let go from the group over allegations regarding ‘the sexual exploitation of fans and moderators of his Discord server’, Dot Esports reported earlier this month.
The YouTuber apparently asked to hire female mods, and told existing mods to hide his relationship status from fans, so that he could allegedly have a greater chance of entering into sexual relationships with them.
Lewis Brindley, a founding member of the Yogscast, recently asked people to let him know if they had any negative experiences with Yogscast staff.
He has confirmed a third member of the Yogscast – Sjin – is under investigation.
He has now posted an update on Reddit, saying: “It’s been an eye opening week for me – we owe everything to our community so it’s important we deal with bad stuff like this responsibly. I’ve seen actual evidence that looks fake, and fake evidence that looks truthful – so we needed time to look into all of this.
“Following your emails – we’re looking into some historical claims against Sjin and I’ve asked him to step away from main channel streams in the meantime. As I’ve said before, we are trying to do the right thing and take these claims seriously and would rather everybody didn’t jump to conclusions.”
Another British streamer, Methodjosh, faced similar accusations earlier this year (covered in this report by Kotaku here) and has since been banned on Twitch, without publicly explaining why.
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