Two people accused Mike Zaimont, lead designer of Skullgirls is Indivisible, to make them uncomfortable with humiliating and sexually suggestive comments. An incident occurred recently via private messages, while the other accuser occurred in person over the years.
Bunny is a popular Twitch personality with over 1.5 million followers on his various social media pages. While generally focusing on playing more popular games, Bunny has recently become interested in fighting games like Guilty Gear Xrd is Skullgirls. It drew a lot of attention from the fighting game community, with many praising its willingness to learn as an absolute beginner, so last week was a surprise when Bunny announced that she would move away from the genre.
“One big reason I’m taking a break from the fighting game community is the sexual harassment I got from a great creator,” Bunny explained on Twitter. “He was out of nowhere and really mortified me. I’m still not comfortable sharing their identity. It really shocked me how intrusive they were. “
Bunny came forward this morning to shed some light on the situation, saying that his previous tweets were about Mike Zaimont, a veteran fighting game contestant and developer on Skullgirls is Indivisible. He described Zaimont’s private messages as “incredibly disrespectful” before sharing a Imgur Gallery of their conversations.
The screenshots show Bunny starting contact with Zaimont in May to thank him for the Skullgirls the story mode of the portrait of the woman-woman BDSM. Zaimont quickly begins to ask personal questions about his career on Twitch, especially what he saw as his “thirst culture” embrace in terms of how he speaks and introduces himself. What might initially be interpreted as an embarrassing flirtation soon goes to Zaimont and asks Bunny if he gets confirmation of the attention and what his family thinks of his profession, which Bunny described as “uncomfortable” and “humiliating”.
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“His answers are disturbing and I don’t really think he would speak to a man like this,” Bunny wrote the screenshot.
As Zaimont had already been widely called to make a racially insensitive joke “I can’t breathe” during a recent Skullgirls tournament, this was seen as the final drop for someone already on thin ice. Various members of the fighting game community offered support to Bunny, including cosplayer, tournament organizer and writer Carbon Gray, who shared a video describing their uncomfortable encounters with Zaimont.
“I don’t know what Mike said [Bunny], but I’m sure it was shit and I know because Mike made me strange sexual comments inside and outside cosplay in fighting game events for real years, “said Gray.” I wrote a lot because when I tell people, I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s kind of like that, I’m sorry. ‘And how, yes, it’s a bit like that and it’s a bit not changed in the past five years. Neither is in the fighting game community. And I think a lot because when I tell my male friends or other tournament organizers what’s going on, they don’t do anything with this information. “
Kotaku contacted Zaimont e Skullgirls Lab Zero Games developer for comment but received no response prior to publication.
Skullgirls is one of the few games on Evo this year thanks to its flawless implementation of the GGPO rollback netcode, which facilitates a smooth and responsive online combat experience. Zaimont has long been the face of the game thanks to his work of designing his game systems, and he often competes and comments Skullgirls tournaments. Given that the above charges have been made, however, different Skullgirls players have come forward to deny Zaimont and any involvement they may have had with him in the past.
“His actions do not speak for the Skullgirls community as a whole, “said Dominique” SonicFox “, a leading contestant of the fight chirping. “Nobody likes what he has done here. His actions do not reflect the integrity of the Skullgirls community at all and we will be sure that the consequences are carried out properly. ”