Nintendo of America comments on the situation of Activision Blizzard
Although we had news of PlayStation and Xbox, we did not have any news from Nintendo of America so far. On November 19, Doug Bowler, President of Nintendo of America, spoke to all employees in an internal e-mail to the current public case of the Blizzard Activision Harassment in the workplace and participation Bobby Kick to the case. This internal email included Nintendo's internal development homes, such as retro studios and newly acquired NEXT-LEVEL GAMES. Nintendo Pr confirmed that this internal e-mail is, in fact, real and that they have nothing to say about it. So we know at least that Doug Bowler said the following about the controversy of Blizzard Activision:
With you all, I followed the latest developments with Blizzard Activision and ongoing reports of sexual harassment and toxicity in the company, begins Bowler. I find these stories anxious and disturbing. They go against my values as well as Nintendo's beliefs, values and policies.
The e-mail continues with Bowler commenting that Nintendo of America is an inclusive workspace, open to all. He also notes that he expects the company to comply with this standard, as well as its trading partners. However, it is not the most disturbing part of the e-mail: Bowler noted that Nintendo representatives were in contact with Activision, took action and evaluate others. This does not say what steps have been taken. It does not say it either if they plan to completely break the links with Activision Blizzard or not. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), however, has been mentioned by Bowler in the e-mail. This is important because ESA is a lobby and commercial organization that not only Activision Blizzard and Nintendo of America are part of, but ESA is also in charge of organizing the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as D 'E3, the great show of video games in North America.
Bowler mentions that Nintendo has specifically worked with ESA to improve the standard of abuse and work harassment. Every business company must create an environment where everyone is respected and treated on an equal footing, and where all understand the consequences of not doing so. This confirms neither nor does Activision Blizzard be expelled from ESA or Nintendo of America would have the links with the currently controversial company. But they could do the same thing as Girls Who Code in the days and weeks to come and condemn externally activation, not only in a disclosed email.