Broken Token CEO Greg Spence resigns over abuse allegations
Greg Spence, CEO of board game accessories maker The Broken Token, announced September 2nd that he withdraws from this role. The change in management follows accusations he allegedly abused and sexually harassed a former employee – accusations Spence disputes.
Contacted for comment, a spokesperson for The Broken Token told GamesServer that Spence would nonetheless retain ownership of the company he founded in 2013. Along with his announcement, Spence said that 13 of the 23 employees at the company were made redundant.
“I want to apologize,” Spence said on Twitter, “for the pain and suffering I caused her,” in reference to Ashley Taylor, a former employee of The Broken Token. Spence went on to call their relationship inappropriate, but consensual. He also said a further charge of employee misconduct has since come to light.
“I know that my mistakes in my past actions with Ms. Taylor and one other employee can cause everyone involved to relive those uncomfortable episodes,” Spence continued. “It also forced many of our publisher partners to end their licensing agreements with The Broken Token. To all of you, I take full responsibility, offer my deepest apologies and promise to continue to learn from them. I fully understand that I created this crisis for myself and for those I care about. “
A spokesperson confirmed to Polygon that the 13 layoffs mentioned by Spence are the result of lost revenue due to the termination of previous agreements by the publisher partners.
“As Greg noted in his statement,” said a spokesperson, “many of The Broken Token’s publishing partners have terminated their licensing agreements with the company in light of recent events. Greg and the management team to downsize. He expressed in the statement that it pained him to make this decision. Greg also mentioned that the company would continue to provide health benefits to affected team members through September 30 and access services through our Employee Assistance Program and San Diego-based nonprofit workforce support organizations.
Kelsey Royer will assume the role of CEO of The Broken Token.
“Kelsey will introduce new initiatives in the coming months that will propel The Broken Token to new heights,” Spence wrote. “I can’t wait to support her in this new role as she sees fit.”