Bowser spits internal fire on them.
An email from Doug Bowser sent to all Nintendo employees on Friday highlighted Nintendo’s stance on the ongoing culture of harassment at Activision Blizzard.
After posting a synopsis in the Wall Street Journal (possibly with Paywall) last Tuesday, Nintendo of America sent an email to all Nintendo of America employees on Friday that Fanbyte had received. In the email, Bowser underscored the gravity of the allegations:
“With all of you, I followed the latest developments at Activision Blizzard and the ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity across the company,” Bowser begins. “I find these accounts troubling and troubling. They contradict my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and guidelines.”
Bowser further confirmed in the email that action was being taken against Activision Blizzard while others were being assessed, although details were not given. In addition, the company worked with the Electronic Software Association to contain the ongoing issues that came to light last summer through a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and then came back into focus in WSJ articles.
Similar internal emails were sent to Sony and Microsoft in which Sony CEO Jim Ryan said, “We reached out to Activision immediately after the article was published to express our deep concern and to ask how they dealt with those in the We do not believe their comments adequately reflect the situation. “Microsoft’s Phil Spencer then stated that the company” evaluates all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and makes proactive adjustments on an ongoing basis. “
Most recently reported that a small group of Activision Blizzard shareholders and at least 500 Company employees have urged Kotick to resign or fire; the board of directors, largely appointed by Kotick due to its more than three decades stake in Activision, stands behind the contested CEO.