Squanch Games Founder Justin Roiland Steps Down Amid Abuse Controversy

Rick and Morty co-creator and, co-founder of Squanch Games, Justin Roiland is stepping down from the company amid felony domestic abuse allegations. According to a post made by the company, Squanch games vows to continue developing titles without Roiland.

On January 24th, Squanch games posted to their official Twitter announcing that co-founder Justin Roiland is resigning from the company. According to the post, Squanch Games accepted Roiland’s resignation on January 16th. It is unknown why the company waited over a week to make the news public. This announcement comes on the same day that Adult Swim revealed that they have ended their association with Roiland. Adult Swim stated that Roiland will no longer be a showrunner for the hit animated series Rick and Morty and his roles voicing the titular characters will be recast.

News broke earlier this month that Roiland had been charged with felony domestic abuse regarding a 2020 incident with Roiland’s then girlfriend. Roiland has plead not guilty to the charges, and has had several pre-trial hearings with his most recent one occurring last week. Roiland’s next court date is scheduled for April 27th.

Squanch Games and Controversy

This isn’t the first time the studio has been involved in controversy. In 2018 an ex-employee sued Squanch Games and for discrimination and wrongful termination. Roiland was not named in the suit, and was not involved in any of the incidents reported. Squanch Games initially denied these claims, however, the suit quietly settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount in 2019.

Squanch Games catalog includes 2016’s Accounting, 2019’s Trover Saves the Universe, and High on Life which released last month. Roiland played an active role in Squanch Games voicing the primary characters in all Squanch Games titles produced so far. He also worked as the writer for Accounting. In the post the company vows to continue supporting High on Life, and to develop games. At this time it is unknown how Roiland’s departure will affect High On Life’s post-release support. Trover Saves the Universe had post-release DCL, and it is expected that DLC is in currently in development for High On Life.

SOURCE: Official Twitter

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