UPDATE – In a later find, an uncensored version of the conversation has surfaced in which Josh Mattingly flat-out denies that he had been drinking and attributed the misspelling and such to “fat thumbs,” a comment which he also connected to a sexual remark. This directly contradicts his public apology in which he claimed he was drunk and not himself.
So this is quite a debacle between the founder and CEO of Indie Statik, Josh Mattingly, and a female game developer friend (who is still anonymous) of Laralyn McWilliams. This mutual friend between them is the one who Josh considered close enough to just offer sexual favors to.
In a drunken stupor, Mattingly offered the female game developer a “kiss on the vagina” if she revealed the information he was seeking. He proceeded to offer her his penis, saying that if she ever had the need for one in the future, that she could use his – for her vagina of course. You literally can’t make this stuff up.
You can find the entire conversation below, the censored version originally posted to twitter and the latter uncensored version that reveals the new information – be warned as the uncensored version is NSFW. First is the uncensored version, followed by the uncensored one:
There’s a few things to consider with this whole shit storm – for one, Josh later made a public apology in which he claims his younger brother’s suicide drove him to drink, and as such he hasn’t been himself. He claims he’s an advocate for women in games, and yet he admits that he became a total hypocrite for saying what he said to his friend on the inside of that studio.
What’s interesting is that McWilliams says that her friend, the one that Mattingly claims he is very close to, has “no personal relationship” with him, which could very easily be referring to the blatant sexual remarks he was making. I’m sure if there ever was a relationship between Mattingly and that developer, it’s totally gone now. Mattingly did confirm that he is taking therapy to deal with the loss of his brother, and that he is going to regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Indie Statik is a gaming website that primarily focuses on Western indie games – after the site grew to a sizeable audience they took to kickstarter to help jump start their website. They raked in a little over $50 thousand dollars, providing them with a platform to help make their website a reality. With a person like Mattingly at the helm, it really makes you wonder how they’re going to deal with this mess.
You can read Mattingly’s full apology here. What do you guys think – should Mattingly resign from his position as CEO?