“Every company in the industry must create an environment where everyone is respected and treated as equals, and where all understand the consequences of not doing so,” says Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser.
The past week has been a turbulent one for Activision Blizzard, with reports shedding further light on the company’s growing workplace culture, allegedly perpetrated by CEO Bobby Kotick himself. Many in the industry have spoken publicly against the company in light of these reports, with the heads in the PlayStation and Xbox platform holders among them. Now, Nintendo has made a voice, too.
As reported by FanbyteNintendo of America president Doug Bowser recently sent an email to all NoA employees in which he criticized the company’s practices in the wake of recent “distressing and upsetting” reports. It was later confirmed that the content of these emails was factual by a Nintendo representative.
Bowser wrote: “Along with all of you, I have been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity at the company. I find these accounts distressing and disturbing. They violate my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies. “
Later in the email, Bowser explained that Nintendo’s leadership had been “in contact with Activision, acted and assessed others”. Although he did not elaborate on these steps, he explained that the company had been working with the ESA to take action against worrying industry-wide practices. He wrote: “Every company in the industry must create an environment where everyone is respected, treated equally, and where the consequences of not doing so are understood.”
The response within Activision Blizzard itself has been high in recent weeks and months as well. Following recent reports, there have been several calls for the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick, not only from the company’s thousands of employees, but also from a group of shareholders who are also demanding a restructure within the Board of Directors. Bobby Kotick was allegedly told at an internal meeting that he would consider resigning if he could not resolve the company’s problems quickly. Read more about that throughout here.