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Binding of Isaac Creator Leaving Publisher Nicalis Over Abuse Allegations

A post on Kotaku investigates complaints about game publisher Nicalis, reporting allegations of incidents of racism, exploitation, and ghosting (thanks PCGamesN). They spoke with four game developers and seven former employees, who make disturbing allegations of such behavior. They also offer excerpts from Skype logs of conversations containing troubling language from company founder Tyrone Rodriguez. They share a response to this from Nicalis that says in part, "do not condone abusive workplace environments or discrimination." There is also word that Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen saying that after the release of Binding of Isaac: Repentance, he will be ending his partnership with the developer:

While reporting this story, we reached out to Edmund McMillen, the creator of Binding of Isaac, who has been working with Nicalis for console ports and remakes of his games since 2012. When informed of the specific allegations against Nicalis that Kotaku planned to report, McMillen said that Rodriguez wasnt ever my boss, hes always just been a publisher of my work and that he would be halting his plans to work with them on two future games.

I wont be moving forward with Nicalis when it comes to the port of The Legend of Bum-bo or any console versions of Mewgenics, he said in an email. [Binding of Isaac: Repentance] will still be releasing as originally planned, the team poured their heart and soul into this DLC and its very close to releasing.

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