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Justin Roiland resigns from Squanch Games over domestic violence allegations

Justin Roiland has resigned from the video game developer he co-founded, Squanch Games, because he faces felony domestic violence charges.

On Tuesday the High in life developer announced that Roiland tendered his resignation as CEO on Jan. 16, four days after a story in NBC News revealed that the creator faced one count of domestic violence involving bodily harm and one count of false imprisonment by threat, violence, fraud, or deceit based on of an alleged incident in 2020. (Roiland has pleaded not guilty.) Squanch Games’ announcement came hours after Adult Swim revealed it had cut ties with Roiland, a co-creator of the company’s hit series Rick and Morty.

“Squanch’s passionate team will continue to develop games that we know our fans will love, while continuing to support and improve High on Life,” the company said. said in a statement.

Roiland started Squanch Games in 2016 with former Epic Games executive Tanya Watson (the company was then called Squanchendo; the name was changed in 2017), and later led the developer as sole CEO. The company – whose name refers to the planet “Squanch” on Rick and Morty – it came out Accounting+, Dr. Splorchy presents: Space Heroes and Trover saves the universe. Perhaps the biggest success came on December 13, when the company came out High in lifea well-regarded first-person shooter that’s fast becoming Xbox Game Pass’s biggest launch of 2022 and the biggest third-party launch on the platform of all time.

Squanch Games currently has offices in both Burbank, California and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Roiland was also dropped from shows on Hulu, including Solar Oppositesthe animated sitcom he co-created with Mike McMahan that launched in 2020, and debuts this year koala man, on which he served as an executive producer and voice talent. 20th TV also ended its overall deal with him.

Roiland is due back in court on April 27 for a pre-trial hearing. His attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, said in a statement that “not only is Justin innocent, but we have every expectation that this case is about to be dropped once the district attorney’s office completes its methodical assessment of the evidence has completed.”

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