Sexual harassment, sexism and hostile work environments are all serious issues in the corporate world and the gaming industry is no exception. People are now voicing their concerns louder than ever before, thanks to the different outlets where they can post anonymously. Here we are going to look at three game studios that have been accused of sexual harassment in recent months.
Sexual Harassment In Game Studios
Rockstar Games is known for franchises such as GTA and Red Dead Redemption. The developer is respected in the gaming industry for the work it has done but we rarely learn about the culture of the company and what is going around behind the scenes. One of the employees reported that sexual harassment is often ignored at the company and that victims are overlooked. The following is the statement of the employee:
Sexual harassment and bullying is something which needs addressing properly. Perpetrators still get promotions/keep their position of authority and victims are ignored, one developer shared anonymously.
Riot Games is the developer behind League of Legends. A game that is played and viewed by millions around the world. The studio is known for its sexist culture and nothing has been done to improve work environment even though the company has been sued and plenty of employees have filed official complaints.
Recently the employees had enough and walked about of the studio. People working at the studio also mentioned that they were forced to work for long hours. Multiple employees reported working for 90 hours a week. This is a serious issue which leads to little to no personal time. You can also read the developer’s official statement regarding the walkout.
Quantic Dream is known for games like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain. Game Workers Unite is investigating the developer after multiple female employees reported sexual harassment at the company. An official press release was sent out regarding the incident which mentioned the following:
We have been informed of acts of sexual harassment and sexual assault committed against women who work and have worked in the company. These offenses are extremely serious and are punishable by law, however they seem to be repeated with impunity for several years because of a strong omerta, this must stop.
Sexual harassment is something that should be taken seriously and I am surprised how this has been going on for so long. Companies should take serious action and at least look into such incidents. Unfortunately, very few companies take these complaints seriously. Keeping in mind that all these reports have hit the internet, I think that companies will see their failures and make sure that such incidents are taken more seriously.
Let us know what you think about Sexual harassment at these game studios and what you think game developers and employees should do in order to make the workplace safer.