ReedPop Breaks Ties with Cards Against Humanity after Max Temkin Allegations
ReedPop has announced that they would no longer be working with Cards Against Humanity (CAH) at C2E2 after allegations about an abusive environment towards women at CAH office and by CAH co-founder Max Temkin. The convention company released the below statement:
The company’s culture is described as one of workplace “abuse and gaslighting” by those who have worked there.
Earlier this month, Theresa Stewart spoke up on Twitter describing the toxic environment at the company. It’s a very interesting thread with lots of examples as well as screenshots of discussions as proof of her experiences.
Others have spoken up about wanting to write cards about being people of color but were denied as well as calling out abusers and punching up at rape culture but couldn’t due to past accusations against the company’s co-founder Max Temkin. This isn’t the first allegation against him. Temkin in 2014 was accused of rape that happened in 2004 while attending Goucher College.
Another former employee was told that if she continued dating a person Temkin’s friend had a crush on they’d be fired. Temkin’s exerted further control in the office and other employees regarding the former employee’s dating and social life. It paints a picture of an unprofessional and controlling environment.
The company through the years have draped themselves in worthy causes and been a darling of the gaming scene. Most recently the company game away free meals and bottled water at the Chicago Board Game Cafe of which Temkin is an owner. It’s unknown where things will go from here and Temkin and CAH have been silent since these latest allegations came out earlier this month. The company’s name feels so appropriate after reading all of these accounts and allegations.
We stand with these brave individuals and this behavior has no place in the gaming industry.