Nintendo have joined Microsoft and Sony in criticising the ongoing harassment lawsuits at Activision and the company’s response to them. Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser sent an email to all staff at Nintendo of America including development studios on Friday November 19th.
“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,” reads Bowser’s email . “I find these accounts distressing and disturbing. They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies.”
“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.”
The email goes on to explain the expect Activision to have an open an inclusive workplace and that they are “in contact with Activision, have taken action and are assessing others.” What that action is has not been detailed.
Nintendo PR have confirmed the email is correct, “We can confirm the content of Doug Bowser’s internal email to Nintendo of America staff is accurate. We have nothing further to share on this topic,” they told Fanbyte.
On the same day Bowser sent his email an internal email from Xbox boss Phil Spencer was leaked and it stated that he is “evaluating” the platform’s relationship with Activision Blizzard following the latest allegations made against Activision and its CEO Bobby Kotick.
The email was sent to Xbox employees and quickly leaked to Bloomberg. Within, Spencer has said that they were “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions” at Activision Blizzard, echoing similar sentiments made by PlayStation boss Jim Ryan. It follows on from Tuesday, when the Wall Street Journal published a story detailing Activision CEO Bobby Kotick’s prior knowledge of sexual harassment cases within his company and having a hand in harbouring those accused.
A day earlier on November 18th PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan had reportedly criticised Activision and their inadequate response. In the email, Ryan wrote that he was “disheartened and frankly stunned to read” that Activision “has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.”