Rocksteady were the subject of a report in The Guardian on Monday which accused them of ignoring sexual harassment claims, followed by a emotional video from Kim MacAskil, Senior Writer at the studio until 2019.
Rocksteady have now posted an “unsolicited letter” from seven out of the ten women who signed the original letter which complained about sexual harassment.
While working on our response to the recent news, we received the following unsolicited letter. pic.twitter.com/sozmsp6u3C
— Rocksteady Studios (@RocksteadyGames) August 19, 2020
Rocksteady have used Twitter’s new feature that stops anyone from replying to their tweets, but here are some of the comments from across Twitter.
When we faced our diversity problems at Riot, some women shared their positive experiences too. Stories of happiness and stories of pain are equally valid. What we didn’t do is pit those groups against each other or publicly divide them.
👇🏽 this is completely irresponsible. https://t.co/z9Z2z6U7O2
— soha (@sokareemie) August 19, 2020
Hey guys I know I've been accused of stealing cookies from the cookie jar, but I want you to know that I've just received an anonymous letter. The letter reads: 'Joseph is innocent. He is also very cool' So there you go, case closed!
— Joseph Gribbin (@JoGribbin) August 19, 2020
So while it is almost certainly true that the women who penned this letter genuinely think things have improved enough and are continuing to improve, it doesn't really tell us much. And frankly, it's shameful for Rocksteady to trot this out like it exonerates them.
— Robotica Hermit (@androidqueen) August 20, 2020
— 😷 Datos Digital (@datos_digital) August 20, 2020
Listen, I'm not saying this is a lie. I don't know those details. All I'm saying is that:
Rocksteady: "Oh hey, look, we found another letter that says women actually love working here, and everything is fine, and you should totally buy our new game!"
… looks suss as hell. https://t.co/A92Aq59zrV
— Justin McDaniel 🏳️🌈 (@JUSTINtime4aLAF) August 20, 2020
Regardless of the authenticity of that Rocksteady letter, posting it to Twitter is really fucking crazy and any PR manager worth their salt should have prevented them from doing that.
— Imran Khan (@imranzomg) August 20, 2020