Jeremy Hambly, host of the YouTube channels TheQuartering and UnsleevedMedia, has filed a police report against a man he says attacked him at the Tin Roof Bar in Indiana, while he was in town attending Gen Con.
The man, later identified as Matt Loter, owner of Elm City Games, is said to be an exhibitor at Gen Con, although Elm City Comics does not appear on the convention’s exhibitor list or show map. However, in a video posted on YouTube, Hambly identified his attacker as someone wearing a 4-day pass to the convention.
Fans have been calling for the convention organizers to make an official statement on the incident, but, as of this writing, an official statement has yet to be released. Many attendees who have taken to social media to question the con about the incident, claim their comments have been deleted or ignored, or that they’ve been banned from live chats hosted by the convention for raising the issue.
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Gaming has been the subject of many of Hambly’s online videos and he was banned from Magic the Gathering events after being accused of harassing cosplayer Christine Sprankle. A number of his videos also focus on social commentary, particularly criticism of left-wing influence on gaming and entertainment. It’s unclear what motivated the attack, but many commentators are speculating that it was related to intolerance toward Hambly’s views.
In another video, Hambly said of his attacker, “[He] is a lunatic who must think I’m a Nazi.”
Hambly added that “Gen Con hasn’t contacted me and I don’t think they will.” He also added that he didn’t think it was their place to comment on it because it didn’t happen on their show floor and any comments could open them up to “legal issues.”
Gen Con, a 4-day gaming convention held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, bills itself as “the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world.”