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Nintendo of America Product Testers Report Sexual Harassment and Toxic ‘Frat House’ Culture at Company

The past two years have seen a significant increase in the number of insiders who have come forward to talk about the seriousness of sexual harassment and toxic behavior in the gaming industry. Companies such as Activision Blizzard have come under fire for cases incredibly brash of employee abuse, while others, like nintendojust kept under the radar and got away with it unscathed.

While this may have led some in the gaming community to believe that some of Nintendo’s own studios don’t have such issues, it seems that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Kotaku’s latest interview with many former Nintendo of America (NoA) employees revealed that they had been victims of sexually inappropriate behavior, workplace inequality, and extensive cronyism throughout their careers. in the American subsidiary of Nintendo.


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According to Kotaku’s interview with ten separate sources who have worked at Nintendo at some point over the past decade, the company is full of “brotherhood” behavior. The interview focuses primarily on NoA’s contractor recruitment company, Aerotek, where women were paid significantly less than men and simply had no opportunity to advance, similar to many many other industry reports of toxic work situations. “I felt like I was treated with a sense of ‘otherness,'” one of the sources explained, while another recalled the case of a male employee posting extremely inappropriate content related to Pokemon in the company chat room, which doesn’t seem to be the case. have been processed.

Nintendo’s latest financial reports make it clear that the company is enjoying immense success with the Switch console, but that success may have been built in part on a highly toxic work environment. Kotaku sources recall situations where full-time Nintendo employees — known as “red badges” — would take advantage of their workplace status to avoid facing consequences for their inappropriate behavior. This included, but was not limited to, unwanted sexual advances and threatening behavior. And, since there were very few full-time employees advocating for other women at Aerotek, there was no one to turn to for help.

Another notable example comes from Hannah, who was in an open lesbian relationship during her time at Nintendo of America. His much older backup coordinator said his sexual orientation was “a bit sad”. Hannah also had to deal with unwanted advances from her heterosexual colleagues, who said she was “just playing hard to get”, a stark contrast to Nintendo’s official stance on same-sex relationships.

Kotaku’s interview goes into significant detail about the how and why of these harassment cases, which include cases of literal harassment and dangerous behavior. While Nintendo previously issued a statement condemning workplace harassment, sources say its US subsidiary has failed to provide them with a safe and equal work environment. Given these claims, it may also be worth remembering that Nintendo of America has also been accused of union-breaking, further calling into question the umbrella company’s attempts to maintain a family-friendly image.

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Source: Kotaku