Last week, a new report introduced a new wrinkle in the Activision Blizzard saga. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly knew about the sexual harassment allegations. This led to another walkout by Activision Blizzard employees and the call for Kotick to resign as CEO. Xbox head Phil Spencer and PlayStation boss Jim Ryan also criticized the company following the release of this new report. Now, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser has released a response on the situation.
Fanbyte reportedly received the internal email that Bowser sent addressing the Activision Blizzard report. The email was sent to all levels of Nintendo of America, including internal development houses like Retro Studios and Next-Level Games, which was acquired by the company earlier this year. “Along with all of you, I’ve been following the latest developments with Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity at the company,” Bowser said. “I find these accounts distressing and disturbing. They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values, and policies.” Bowser says that Nintendo is committed to having an open and inclusive workplace where all are welcome. He also said that Nintendo holds itself to this standard and expects the same from the industry and its partners. According to Bowser, representatives at Nintendo have been “in contact with Activision, have taken action and are assessing others.” Fanbyte notes that it’s not clear what actions Bowser is referring to or which ones are being left on the table.
Bowser says that Nintendo has been working with the ESA, the Entertainment Software Association, since last week to strengthen stances on harassment and abuse in the workplace. Both companies are members of the lobbying organization. Bowser believes that the ESA should hold its members to the highest standard. “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,” Bowser said.
In a recent meeting with executives, Activision Blizzard CEO said that he would leave if things don’t get resolved quickly.