Yesterday, Nintendo of America’s president Doug Bowser despatched out an inner message to workers acknowledging the “media protection involving claims made about employee conduct.” He wrote that “We’ve got and can all the time examine any allegations we turn out to be conscious of, and we’re actively investigating these most up-to-date claims.”
This message, which Kotaku has considered and which was shared with us by a supply Kotaku has confirmed at the moment works for Nintendo, was posted to the corporate’s inner SharePoint account. (Kotaku has additionally corroborated the message’s authenticity with two different present Nintendo workers.) Within the message, Bowser reassured present workers that Nintendo was taking the allegations critically.
“We’ve got strict insurance policies designed to guard our workers and associates from inappropriate conduct and count on full compliance with these insurance policies by all who work for or with us.” Doug wrote. “We’ve got and can all the time examine any allegations we turn out to be conscious of, and we’re actively investigating these most up-to-date claims.”
Bowser’s message was posted on the identical day that Kotaku revealed an investigative report about feminine contractors who had skilled sexual harassment whereas working as recreation testers at Nintendo of America’s Redmond, Washington headquarters. Our sources accused two managers who work or had labored at Nintendo of office misconduct, and the report described an inner office tradition that was like a “frat home.”
Final November, Bowser condemned the sexual harassment allegations at Activision Blizzard as “distressing and disturbing,” saying that “[sexual harassment and toxicity] run counter to my values in addition to Nintendo’s beliefs, values and insurance policies.” A number of days later, Nintendo up to date its company governance doc with a dedication to extend the variety of feminine managers on the firm.
“Please do not forget that our HR groups are right here to assist you,” wrote Bowser. “For those who expertise, have skilled, witness, or have witnessed something regarding such habits that’s opposite to our Requirements of Conduct, worker handbook, or Firm Values, please instantly contact your HR Enterprise Companion.” Kotaku reached out to Nintendo for a remark, however didn’t obtain one by the point of publication.