Kinetic Games – the indie team behind the massive ghost-hunting sim Phasmophobia – has been accused of “housing a sex plague” on its official Discord server.
In a series of posts shared on Twitter, Dandy posts @ 6.2 – clarifying that they are “not a victim in this” but “standing up for a friend who IS a victim who otherwise felt like she had no voice” – a song from incriminating reports that despite reporting him, the alleged “sex plague” known as Charcoal Salamander has yet to be stripped of his “admin” role on the server.
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“So who else knew that the Phasmophobia devs are housing a sex plague in their official discord by holding him admin and refusing to take claims against him seriously because I sure do now,” Dandy tweeted @ 6.2.
“I won’t say much on behalf of the friend who is STILL dealing with the ramifications of it all, but I’m really going to ask people to please stop playing Phasmophobia even with the latest update coming out soon. .”
So who else knew that the phasmophobia developers house a sex plague in their official discord by keeping him admin and refusing to take claims against him seriously because I sure do now 🙂
— Dandy @ 6.2 (@CrownedCoIIider) September 28, 2022 Please enable targeting cookies to see this content. Manage cookie settings
The Twitter thread — which kicked off on Sept. 28 — featured correspondence with Phasmophobia’s lead artist, cjdxn, who seemed unwilling to take action without more evidence. Allegations against the admin Charcoal Salamander include sharing nudes of others in the Discord channel and racist jokes.
Finally, as the messages went viral and the pressure mounted, Charcoal Salamander was stripped of his admin role and banned from the server.
“We recently received news about one of our Discord admins regarding the sharing of sensitive images and racist comments. After reviewing the evidence, we have completely removed that admin from the Discord team and he will no longer participate,” said cjdxn later in a statement posted first. October.
“However, some of my words have been chosen poorly and hastily. So I want to apologize. As can be seen in the shared DMs, I explicitly say ‘I disagree’ with said acts, and I don’t condone racism or image sharing good I never, or will, support private photo sharing, and I’m really sorry that what I said could have been interpreted differently.
“However, parts of my DMs on the matter have been taken out of context and paint a slightly distorted view of what I was trying to express,” she added. “My comment of ‘that looks like two friends in DMs’ was not related to image sharing at all, but instead a response to their conversation prior to the offer to share the image.
“I can now see how this could easily be related and again my choice of words should have been more sensitive with such a sensitive subject.
“I will not let a situation like this happen in the future and I sincerely apologize for any role I played in this situation.”
Kinetic Games recently released an updated development roadmap for its haunted ghost hunting sim Phasmophobia, with the game’s custom difficulty now set to release this month and lots more to come.
As Kinetic explained at the time, the team has now revised its early access roadmap for 2022 and beyond to “more accurately reflect what we accomplished this year and what we plan to do in the future” after a longer-than-expected development period for The VR rework of Phasmophobia, which finally arrived in April.