AQ3D Community Manager Quits After Reporting Inappropriate/Sexual Comments Against One Of Artix Entertainment's Devs
Claims of sexual harassment have turned into, what seems like, a peaceful resolution.
Drama has pooled in the AdventureQuest 3D community after former Artix Entertainment Community Manager, Taini Flaremist, wrote an alarming Goodbye post via Google Docs (That is no longer accesible) in regards to her leaving. Flaremist mentioned she was quitting based on: “a mental/emotional break due to circumstances surrounding a specific developer and their conduct towards [her] over the past 6~ months.” Flaremist goes on to state that the same person used “information on multiple occasions to take advantage [of her] emotional vulnerability and used it to their benefit. They made inappropriate/sexual comments towards [her] several times, even after admitting they were in a relationship during this time. These comments started in September and extended into January.”
Flaremist also mentioned that when she approached the leads about her experience with information of screenshots/proof, they “chose to do nothing.” However, in a statement addressing Taini Flaremist and her departure by Artix, it contradicts this by saying: “At the beginning of this year, we learned that Taini had begun to feel uncomfortable working with the developer. As soon as we learned of that, we took immediate action to investigate.”
Since this story first broke, there have already been drastic changes. To start, Flaremist has deleted all past Twitter posts and negative tweets in order to move forward. Flaremist then went on to share a letter from herself and Artix to continue the theme of moving forward. In this letter to the community, it was then stated that: “Investigation and legal counsel concluded that there was no sexual harassment. However, that does not excuse any other inappropriate behavior.” Flaremist then added on to this later in the letter to say: “The messages the other developer I was sent were unwanted and inappropriate, and because we had had a personal relationship, some of them were of a sexual nature but I never claimed they rose to the level of sexual harassment in my original document. On Twitter, the term "sexual harassment" started being used. I got caught up in the moment and used it as well. “
As the story stands now, it seems like Flaremist and Artix are doing their best to move forward, and Taini Flaremist once again has joined the community as a character, but not as a paid staff member. As for the unnamed dev, they have been demoted, but they have not been fired from the team. If you would like to read more on the story with information reagrding the deleted tweets, please head over to Massively Overpowered's site.
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