Nintendo of America Testers Allege Sexual Harassment, Report Says

Several female Nintendo of America testers alleged instances of sexual harassment and a sexist working environment[1] at the gaming company, Kotaku reported Tuesday. It was particularly problematic for contract workers, who often struggled to rise to full-time employment within Nintendo, the site noted.

The testers worked for Nintendo in the last decade, covering the company's 3DS, Wii U and Switch eras. One such female worker cited in the story highlighted an instance in which a male full-time employee posted sexual comments in an internal Microsoft Teams channel.

That employee reportedly was only assigned sexual harassment training, while a contractor who'd made sexual comments on a different occasion was fired. Female contractors also struggled to advance within Nintendo, with one alleging a culture of "favoritism" and "cronyism" that didn't include any goals or benchmarks showing a path to full-time employment, according to Kotaku.  Tuesday's article follows an April Kotaku report[2] that contractors felt like "second class workers." 

Last year, Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser reportedly responded to reports about of sexual harassment and toxicity at gaming giant Activision Blizzard[3]. "I find these accounts distressing and disturbing," he wrote in November. "They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo's beliefs, values and policies."  

Nintendo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Tuesday's report.

References

  1. ^ alleged instances of sexual harassment and a sexist working environment (kotaku.com)
  2. ^ an April Kotaku report (kotaku.com)
  3. ^ of sexual harassment and toxicity at gaming giant Activision Blizzard (www.cnet.com)