Last week, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser gave an internal response to ongoing reports of allegations of fraud by Activision Blizzard.
Bowser’s e-mail, which has been shared publicly by Fanbyte, was sent out on November 19 and reached “all levels” of Nintendo of America – including in-house development houses such as Retro Studios (Metroid Prime 4) and the newly acquired Canadian team Next Level Games (Luigi’s Mansion 3).
Bowser mentioned how “worrying and disturbing”[ads1]; the reports were and said that every company in the industry was responsible for creating an environment where everyone is treated as equal:
“Together with all of you, I have been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity in the company. I find these reports disturbing and disturbing. They are contrary to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and guidelines. »
“Every company in the industry must create an environment where everyone is respected and treated as equals, and where everyone understands the consequences of not doing so.”
His email goes on to say how Nintendo has committed to an open and inclusive workplace – welcoming everyone – and expecting the same from the rest of the industry and its partners.
Nintendo’s representatives have apparently been “in touch with Activision, have taken action and are considering others.” Bowser mentioned how Nintendo has worked with ESA (a lobbying organization Activision is also a member of) and encouraged it to strengthen its attitudes to harassment and keep its members to the highest standard.
Both Sony and Microsoft must also reconsider their relationship with Activision Blizzard. You can read more in our previous stories: