Activision’s self-serving response to historic allegations of abuse and misogyny in its workplace has received a lot of criticism lately, from shareholders demanding the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick, to staff staging several times. Now, Nintendo of America has reportedly joined the chorus of those unhappy with Koticks and his board’s performance.
As Fanbyte reports, an email sent to all Nintendo of America employees by President Doug Bowser last week addresses the situation and opens with:
Together with all of you, I have followed the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports on sexual harassment and toxicity in the company. I find these accounts disturbing and unsettling. They are contrary to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies.
Email so goes on to say that Nintendo employees have been “in touch with Activision”, and “have taken action and are evaluating others”, without specifically mentioning what these actions are.
This follows similar company-wide emails sent last week by Xbox boss Phil Spencer:
“This type of behavior has no place in our industry,” Spencer wrote in the email according to Bloomberg, and said he was “disturbed and deeply disturbed” by the events and actions that were brought to light in a bomb report by Wall Street Journal earlier this week. The Xbox director also said the console maker would make “ongoing proactive adjustments” to its relationship with Activision Blizzard, but did not go into detail.
The email – which Ryan probably wrote, knowing it would be leaked to the press immediately – prompted PlayStation’s boss to express his serious disappointment with Activision’s response to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal revelations. BloombergIt reports Jason Schreier he has seen the email and quotes Ryan as saying he believes Activision “has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.”
Apparently, “PlayStation contacted Activision immediately after the article was published to express our deep concern,” Ryan writes, “and to ask them how they plan to address the allegations in the article.” He continues: “We do not believe that their statements of reaction address the situation correctly.”
Kotick said reportedly to Blizzard executives last week that he would consider resigning from his position – which he has held since 2008, when he helped put the modern Activision together – “if he can not quickly solve the cultural problems of the video game giant”. Cultural problems, as it should be noted, he has had over a decade to tackle and has even at times worked directly to protect against investigation and punishment.
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