Nintendo executive calls Activision harassment allegations “disturbing”

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Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser has joined a group of industry figures criticizing Activision Blizzard and its leadership over recent reports of harassment and abuse at the company.

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Running news: fanbite First reported on the memo in which Bowser called the allegations “disturbing and disturbing”. They are contrary to my values ​​as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values ​​and policies.

  • The memo was reportedly sent to all levels of Nintendo of America employees on November 19.
  • Bowser says Nintendo is “in contact with Activision” and is considering further actions.
  • A Nintendo spokesperson confirmed the accuracy of the memo to Nerdshala.

Spokesperson for the Entertainment Software Association told Nerdshala that harassment, abuse or abuse in the workplace is “unacceptable and should never be tolerated.”

  • “As an industry association, ESA calls on its member companies to create dialogue and shape actions to realize these beliefs.”
  • “Any allegation needs to be acknowledged, thoroughly investigated and addressed with meaningful consequences.”
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big picture: Bowser teamed up with Xbox’s Phil Spencer and PlayStation’s Jim Ryan to reassure employees internally that they found Activision Blizzard’s behavior unacceptable.

  • However, it is still not clear what action these companies will take or what is being negotiated among the industry giants.

Elsewhere: Activision Blizzard’s Board of Directors announced It is creating a “Workplace Accountability Committee” headed by two members of that board.

  • That committee will “monitor the company’s progress in successfully implementing its new policies, procedures and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination.”
  • The company will also add “a new, diversified director to the board.”
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Between the lines: Activision Blizzard still in damage control mode after Wall Street Journal harmful reportt that CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of the allegations of harassment and abuse, and has a history of his own.

  • The WSJ reports that Kotick will consider stepping down if the company’s ongoing issues cannot be fixed “with speed”.

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