Nintendo Of America Says It’s Investigating Labor Allegations

Doug Bowser speaks at The Game Awards.

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Yesterday, Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, sent an internal message to employees acknowledging the “media attention with claims about employee behavior.” He wrote: “We have and will always investigate any allegations of which we become aware, and we are actively investigating these most recent claims.”

This message, that Kotaku viewed and shared it with us by a source Kotaku confirmed that it is currently working for Nintendo has been posted to the company’s internal SharePoint account. (Kotaku also confirmed the authenticity of the message with two other current Nintendo employees.) In the message, Bowser reassured current employees that Nintendo was taking the allegations seriously.

“We have strict policies designed to protect our employees and partners from inappropriate behavior and we expect full adherence to these policies by anyone who works for or with us.” wrote Doug. “We have and will always investigate any allegations of which we become aware, and we are actively investigating these most recent claims.”

Bowser’s message was posted on the same day Kotaku published a research report about female contractors who had experienced sexual harassment while working as game testers at Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Our sources accused two executives who work or had worked at Nintendo of workplace misconduct, and the report described an internal workplace culture that resembled a “frathouse.”

Last November, Bowser condemned the sexual harassment accusations at Activision Blizzard as “disturbing and disturbing”, saying that “[sexual harassment and toxicity] goes against both my values ​​and Nintendo’s beliefs, values ​​and policies.” A few days later, Nintendo released its corporate governance document with a commitment to increase the number of female managers at the company.

“Remember, our HR teams are here to support you,” Bowser wrote. “If you experience, have witnessed, or have witnessed anything related to such behavior that violates our standards of conduct, the employee handbook or the company values, please contact your HR business partner immediately.” Kotaku contacted Nintendo for a comment, but did not receive one at the time of publication.

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