Nintendo addresses Activision Blizzard reports in internal email

Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser reportedly says the company is taking action

Two executives of the major console manufacturers have issued internal statements in light of recent reports about Activision Blizzard and its CEO Bobby Kotick, and now a third is joining them. ONE new report from Fanbyte says Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser sent out an internal email last Friday addressing the Wall Street Journal report.

According to Fanbyte, Bowser’s email went out to all levels of Nintendo of America and addressed the current situation and allegations at Activision Blizzard. The president says he has followed developments and finds the reports “disturbing and disturbing” and contradicts his and Nintendo’s values.

The letter goes on to say that representatives at Nintendo have been in touch with Activision Blizzard, “have taken action and are evaluating others.” Although no further details are given as to what these actions entail, Fanbyte also reports that Bowser mentions ESA or the Entertainment Software Association. Bowser reportedly says he has been working with ESA since at least last week to strengthen attitudes to harassment and abuse in the workplace.

“Every business in the industry must create an environment where everyone is respected and treated as equal, and where everyone understands the consequences of not doing so,” Bowser said.

Other console leaders have also expressed their concerns in internal emails, including PlayStations Jim Ryan and Xboxs Phil Spencer. Employees have meanwhile signed one open petition and staged and walkout over last week Wall Street Journal report, who claims CEO Bobby Kotick was aware for years of allegations of sexual misconduct at the company.

All of this stems from the lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed earlier this year, alleging discrimination, harassment and a toxic workplace culture at Activision Blizzard. You can find one short timeline for the suit and what has happened since here.

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