Nintendo to Investigate Claims of Sexual Harassment Among Q&A Testers

The video game industry has recently seen something of a crisis, with reports of harassment and workplace misbehavior at prominent studios, and it appears that even businesses with the kindest self reputation aren’t immune. An example is the sexual harassment claims made by Nintendo of America Q&A testers that were recently revealed by a Kotaku story.

According to reports, the majority of this misbehavior occurred at the testing firm Aston Carter (formerly Aerotek), which Nintendo utilizes. The company’s female employees have experienced harassment from bosses and improper comments made on Slack channels.

Nintendo has not addressed any of this publicly, but NOA President Doug Bowser has sent a message to staffers, which Kotaku was able to receive. Bowser asserts that Nintendo is “actively investigating” the allegations of employee misbehavior.

We have strict policies designed to protect our employees and associates from inappropriate conduct and expect full compliance with these policies by all who work for or with us. We have and will always investigate any allegations we become aware of, and we are actively investigating these most recent claims. […] If you experience, have experienced, witnessed, or have witnessed anything concerning such behavior that is contrary to our Standards of Conduct, employee handbook, or Company Values, please immediately contact your HR Business Partner.”

-Doug Bowser

Nintendo’s apparent response to the problems is encouraging, but maybe they will reconsider their contracting policies given that the type of setup Kotaku outlines tends to encourage exploitation.

Muhammad Zuhair
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